God is not in control.
Contrary to popular theology, God is not in control. God is not in control of my life. God does not want to be in control of my life. I do not want God to be in control of my life.
God is Sovereign. And one day all will be called to acknowledge that.
God is faithful. And we are invited to experience that faithfulness, and challenged to hold on to that faithfulness in good times and in bad times.
But God is not in control.
Why is it important that we recognise this?
Because we are called to share in God’s likeness.
God is Sovereign, and we are called to exercise his life-affirming rule over flora and fauna: to be sovereigns under the High King of Heaven.
God is faithful, and we are called to be faithful in all our relationships.
To claim that God is in control is to abdicate our part as faithful sovereigns.
But more than that, if God is in control then it would be appropriate, indeed incumbent upon us, to exercise control over others. For their own good, obviously.
God has chosen to not be in control, to find another way to get done what he has planned. And so we must never, ever seek control over anyone or anything.
Exercising control is the very antithesis of God. It is satanic.
My wife put it like this:
When we say “God is in control” what we mean is God is Sovereign and God is faithful. So let’s start using those biblical descriptions instead.