The Bible View #834 — God Is in Control!

In This Issue:
It’s Under God’s Control
How Long?
My God Reigneth
How Peace Was Won

Volume: 834    November 1, 2021
Theme: God’s Will and Way

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It’s Under God’s Control
Bill Brinkworth

When reading of current events, seeing how society is morally declining, and hearing of one tragedy after another, it can be very discouraging.  It sometimes seems chaos surrounds us and is gaining a foothold closer to us each day.

Politicians, particularly liberals, are no longer backing common sense and the apparent betterment of those they represent. Public education seems to enforce and encourage their charges to grasp godless theories and thinking.  A media that was once expected to expose the truth and help preserve law-abiding has also accepted and joined to move society against godly behavior and force heathen philosophies on the public. Too often, it seems there is little order and only destruction on society’s horizon. Hope for a promising future appears to be disappearing daily.

Stop right there!  Be not deceived.  As the beginning words of a hymn remind us, “The Lord reigneth.”  Most of us do not understand why such changes in society are allowed, but we can be assured God is still in control.  He knows exactly what is going on.  He knows who is lying.  He knows who is deceiving.  Our God knows all about the greed that motivates so many.  None of what is going on is a surprise to Him.
“The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved.” Psalm 93:1 

God uses many horrific actions and attitudes that we see for society’s eventual betterment and to accomplish what He has planned to happen from the beginning.  From the Genesis flood to what will happen in the future (Revelation 19:6), God has and will use those events, as wicked as they often seem, for His purpose. Despite what our leaders, media, and other influences believe, God reigneth!  Nothing happens without His allowing it for His purposes.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28  Also: II Tim. 1:9.

“He who counts the stars and calls them by their names is in no danger of forgetting His children.”   — C. H. Spurgeon



How Long?
Bill Brinkworth

Psalm 94:3, and many others, question the same thing. How long are the wicked going to get away with their sin?  We see and hear so many in blatant disregard for God’s moral laws and His desired behaviors.  It is often wondered how some get away with the terrible things they are doing.
“LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph?” Psalm 94:3

The answer is, they will not get away with their sin.  The payday for iniquity will come someday.  It may be today; it may be ten years from now.  They may appear unscathed by their wrong-doing in this life.  However, we have God’s promise that in the next, they will stand before a judge, who will issue a verdict they will fear and which will cause them to regret their past actions.

As I have told many Sunday school classes, no one gets away with sinning against God.  True to that biblical promise, I have seen many sinners pay the price for their wrong-doing that they never thought they would pay.  The wage for their offense against God came after the transgression and brought grief and regret that lasted much of their lives.

When raising my daughter, I remember her observation of one in our church that regularly sinned. One day, she commented, “See, so-and-so is doing this and that, but nothing is happening to them.”

My reply was, “Be patient.  They won’t get away with it.” Sure enough, a time came, several years later, that they received the wage for the transgression they had sown, and it was devastating. 

God is the judge, and nothing escapes His scrutiny.  Vengeance is His, and He will receive it (Psalm 94:1-2). All wrong-doing will be dealt with (Psalm 94:4-6).

A sinner may think their iniquity escaped the eye of the Lord, but it did not (Psalm 94:7-10).  He even knows our thoughts (Psalm 94:11), so there is no escaping sin’s consequences.  With this in mind, it is prudent and wise to flee iniquity and get as far away from it as possible.
“And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the LORD our God shall cut them off.” Psalm 94:23
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Galatians 6:7

“It is much easier to repent of sins that we have committed than to repent of those we intend to commit.” — Billings


My God Reigneth
Bill Brinkworth

No matter the chaos and troubles about us, God is still in control.  Often, what we see as a terrible situation is God’s means to turn people to Him, teach others a lesson, punish sin, or accomplish His will and way.

Some of the biblical proofs confirming He reigns on this Earth are:

God (John 10:30) reigned over His creation.
When the raging waves threatened a ship and the crew’s safety, Jesus bestilled the waters.
“And he [Jesus] was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow… 39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.”  Mark 4:38-39  Also: Mat. 8:26, Luke 8:24.
“He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness.” Psalm 106:9  [Rebuke: to sternly correct (often exhibiting authority over the one being corrected), to restrain, to put to shame]

He reigneth over the ungodly.
“Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name for ever and ever.” Psalm 9:5
“Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments.” Psalm 119:21

He reigneth over demonic influences.
“And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.” Matthew 17:18
“And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father.” Luke 9:42   Also: Mark 9:25.

He reigneth over the weak.
“But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.” Mark 8:33  Also: Luke 9:55.

He reigneth over health problems.
“And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them.” Luke 4:39

He reigneth over His own.
“And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:” Hebrews. 12:5

“One God helping is more than all men opposing.— Joseph Caryl



How Peace Was Won
Author Unknown

With eager heart and will on fire,
I sought to win my great desire.
“Peace shall be mine,” I said. But life
Grew bitter in the endless strife.

My soul was weary, and my pride
Was wounded deep. To Heaven, I cried,
“God give me peace, or I must die.”
The dumb stars glittered no reply.

Broken, at last, I bowed my head
Forgetting all myself, and said,
“Whatever comes, His will be done,”
And at that moment, peace was won.”

The Bible View #823 — Our Mighty God

In This Issue:
Our Mighty God
Whose Coop Is It Anyway?
It’s Father God, Not Mother Nature!!

Volume: 823    August 16, 2021
Theme: Our Mighty God

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Our Mighty God
Bill Brinkworth

Psalm 29 is a Hebrew poem that perhaps was put to music.  Hebrew poetry is not like modern poems with rhyming words.  Their poetry, as is this one, often repeats a thought from different angles.

This poem is about a storm. It was not a weather anomaly sent from the fairy tale character “Mother Nature.”  It was provided and controlled by Father God!  Outbursts that only God commanded got the attention of even powerful people (Psalm 29:1).  They recognized where the winds, lightning, and rains came from — God.

God showed His mighty power in the torrential rains and exploding thunders (Psalm 29:3). His voice bellowed across the countryside, letting all know of His great power (Psalm 29:4).

His voice ordered the lightning to attack a tree that all admired to be strong and resilient against whatever it faced.  The towering cedar fell cracked and splintered (Psalm 29:5) on the forest floor.

Even the pregnant cattle were so frightened that they gave early births (Psalm 29:9). Nature even bowed down in fear of the display of the majesty of mighty God.

The Almighty’s voice sent down to His Earth lashing lightning (Psalm 29:7) that sent much aflame. He shook the Earth with His powerful commands (Psalm 29:8).

With all the chaos and frightening display around the people, the Creator was still in control.  His strength can do such powerful things for all to see, but He will give strength and protection to His people. 

He is a great God!  He is our God.  We have no reason to fear.  He is always in control! With storms of trouble and conflict all around us, we can still have His peace that surpasses all the world’s understanding.

There is a God. The plants of the valley, the cedars of the mountain bless His name.  The elephant salutes Him with the rising day; the bird glorifies Him among the foliage; the lightning bespeaks His power, and the ocean declares His immensity.  Man alone has said, ‘There is no God.’” — Vicomte de Chauteaubriand



Whose Coop Is It Anyway?
Bill Brinkworth

“Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” Psalm 100:3

For the last few years, I have had small flocks of chickens to provide us with eggs.  The current flock is the first we have had with a rooster.

In the beginning, “Rocky” was like the other birds.  As he got older, he has been more aggressive to me.  Whenever I would approach, he crowed; I supposed to warn the hens that I was coming. Sometimes, trying to be friendly and keep on his good side, I would crow back.

However, lately, after I would crow, he would charge me.  I suppose I unknowingly was challenging him.  The other day, I had to push him away to thwart his aggressiveness.

I thought and even explained to him, “Now, Rocky. Let’s get some facts straight. This is my chicken coop.  I built it myself.  I bring you water every day.  It is also me that makes sure you get your food every day.  When I hear an unusual commotion up here, again, it is me that comes up here to make sure a coyote or dog is not trying to get at you.”

I realized that is how so many treat God.  This Earth is His.  He made it in six days.  He put the sun in place to shine and warm this planet.  It is God that created the plants, all creatures, and even us.  Yet, as mighty as He is and all that He has done, too many want Him out of “their coop.”

They want God and His commandments out of their lives, out of their education, and out of any explanation as to how we got here.  In many situations, His name is not to be uttered, nor His son, Jesus.  Even his rule book, the Bible, cannot be mentioned.  In so many circles, the things of God are taboo, although all types of evil, perversion, and sin are allowed.

People try so hard to kick God out of His own “coop.”   He feeds them, makes sure they have drink to drink, air to breath, and even so many luxuries that man can do without, but because He still loves them, he grants them those extras.

Rocky, the rooster, may have had his authority challenged when I tried to “talk” with Him.  Perhaps when God is mentioned, people are also reminded that they are not in charge of the “hen” house.  Most likely, that is why their feathers are ruffled when He comes to mind.  They fail to acknowledge they are just living here with His permission and help.

We are no better than Rocky when we try to remove God from the world that He created. How foolish many are.  They are angry at the holy Hand that meets their needs.

Do not force God out of your “coop,” as it is His anyway.  He is temporarily letting you stay here, and He wants to take care of you.

God, who made the earth,
 The air, the sky, the sea,
Who gave the light its birth,
Careth for me.” — Rhodes



It’s Father God, Not Mother Nature!
Bill Brinkworth

Regularly, we are bombarded with terminology that is not biblical and has origins in paganism and other false religions. We constantly hear that “Mother Nature sent us another hurricane,”  “Mother Nature brought rain today,” or “she” was responsible for some other earthly phenomena. It is heard so much that it is accepted.  Hardly anyone gives the reference to a mythical deity a second thought, but they should!

In case you have not stopped to think about it, there is no “Mother Nature.”  There exists no proof, scientific or otherwise, that there is such a “she.”  Implying Mother Nature is somehow in control of the environment, atmosphere, or even how things grow is giving recognition to one that does not exist, let alone deserves any credit.

The credit for all on this Earth belongs to God, the Creator, only. He is the one that allows the rain, flowers to bloom, birth, and death of species and has created everything.

He is a He!  In the Genesis account of creation alone, God is referred to as a male at least 14 times with the pronoun “he.” In the rest of the book, “he” is also used to describe a male God at least 15 times. Even the Hebrew words for God are masculine. Nowhere in the preserved, time-honored King James Bible is God referred to as female.

If the Word of God names him as male, where did the notion come from that His domain and creation are controlled by the mystical Mother Nature?  Some part of giving maternal credit could be given to the modern practice of not wanting to offend anyone by mentioning “God.”  The politically correct terminology has gotten our society by the tongue and will not let it go.  Many have allowed the few ungodly who have gained public recognition for their dislike of God to influence what is said.  Sadly, we have gotten to the point that we are concerned about mentioning God in a nation that not long ago was termed a “Christian” nation.

Perhaps giving credit to a non-existent being is easier or less embarrassing to many than saying “His” name. For a group of people that prides themselves on their intelligence, it is quite childish to give credit to a non-existent “Momma.” Well-educated television weathermen have said on the airwaves that “Mother Nature has brought us another gorgeous day” and other fictitious quotes.

Maybe man is even changing terminology to reflect his ideas of who and what God is. Pagans of the past and present certainly had no qualms in making Him anything they wished. They have even given credit and worship to trees, water, mountains, and other parts of the creation.

Women representing “mother Earth” and “mother nature” have been around for a long time. Goddesses were attributed to fertility and “nature” for many millennia. Female deities being given credit for what God has done have been worshiped in Assyrian, Babylonian, Greek, Incan, Indian, and Roman civilizations, to name a few. Even to this day, “Gaia,” “Sophia,” and other female “deities” are mentioned among Christians as if they exist.

These influences, wherever they came from, are not Christian. It is the Christian that should have instilled in his own heart and should influence the thinking of others that there is one God: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3

For a Christian, God is the God of the Bible. The Bible is the window showing us who and what God is. It is from the preserved Word of God that we get the unshakable account of how we got here, how the earth was created, how God worked through time with our ancestors, and how he will work with us. Just because some have rejected what the Bible says about God and are highly rebellious against Him does not mean we have to join them in their philosophy and sin.

Some have even changed “bibles” to reflect that God is female, or that He is non-sexed. It seems that ploy has been around since the beginning, even in the Garden with Adam and Eve. It was Satan that got the first man and woman to question what God has said. That ruse is still being played today. Many are changing what the truth says in the Word of God, but they can never change what is the truth, no matter how hard they hide or distort it.

The truth is preserved in the precious Word of God. It clearly says that God is the creator and controller of all that goes on in this universe. Do not allow non-Christian philosophies and influences to erode slowly your beliefs in what the Bible says. It is Father God that created this world, and it is He that is still the one that is allowing all that happens to His Earth. May your speech even reflect what you believe. Say it was Father God that brought the rain today and that it was He that brought out the sunshine later. Give God His due glory.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” Genesis 1:27

“Nature is the art of God eternal” — Alighieri Dante

The Bible View #822 — Love God

In This Issue:
Love the Lord Thy God!
A Love above All Others
Why Should We Love God?

Volume: 822    August 9, 2021
Theme: Love God

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Love the Lord Thy God!
Bill Brinkworth

After my daughter grew up and left the house, I felt the need to have someone, or something, fill some of that void.  It was not long before I thought a dog would be a good companion.

As in all things, my wife and I prayed for the right pet.  God always provided the perfect companion when we waited for His selection. The years have gone by; two of the dogs have died and been replaced by the current animal.  The Labrador mix we currently have is Buddi, and she certainly lives up to her name.  She is a good friend.

All the previous animals met our needs at the time.  This one is no exception.  Buddi is just what both my wife and I needed.  Our Lord, as always, provided exactly what we required.

Buddi is close by my wife’s side, especially when illness binds her to the bed.  When I am outside, my canine friend is near me, always watching what I am doing and where I am going.  Her dedication and love are apparent.

At bedtime, she waits until we are all settled and comfortable and hops in with us.  During the night, she cuddles at the bottom of Barb’s feet.  Later, she nestles behind the back of my knee.  She always wants to be close to us.

If only we would be as faithful and loyal to the Lord as Buddi is to us. Love is the binding emotion that makes her so loving and dedicated to us.  The same sentiment should also be a driving and encouraging force that makes us faithful and loyal to our heavenly Father.

“And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” Deuteronomy 6:5  Also: Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:30.

God provides every need we have, and many of our “wants.”  He makes sure we are fed, safe from so many dangers that we do not even know our lurking nearby, and meets emotional and physical needs. 

Not only does our heavenly Father sustain us daily, but He has allowed His only Son, Jesus, to pay for the penalty due to us because of our sins.  By accepting Jesus’ loving sacrifice for our transgressions, we can have a wonderful, eternal future with our Lord. What a loving Father we have.

We have so much for which to be thankful.  The least we can do is to be faithful, trusting, and obedient to our God.  He loves us so much, no matter what we have done or who we are.  We should not only adore Him for what He is doing and has done for us but because of who He is. 

A loyal pet is not loving to his master just for the warm bed, treats, or playtime. It is the creature’s love for his family that makes him faithful and obedient. We need to have and show the same loyalty and devotion to our wonderful, heavenly Father. 

Get close to God with consistent, daily conversations.  You can cozy up to Him and share your burdens and your blessings.  He will never laugh, mock, or be too busy to hear from you.  He will always love you.  Be faithful, loyal, obedient, and serve Him with all your heart.
“We love him, because he first loved us.” I John 4:19

“If God loved you as much as you love him, where would you be?”
Author Unknown



A Love above All Others
Bill Brinkworth

In Luke 14:25-35, Jesus discusses some important, life-changing, power-giving decisions that all Christians encounter, whether they realize it or not. These resolves will develop a strong Christian character if the right choices are made.

One of the most challenging and unusual life-changes one should make is found in verse 26: “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.”  However, the charge can be confusing.  We are to hate those that are close to us?

Dr. John R. Rice, in Luke, The Son of Man1, explains that verse well:
“… the meaning is that love for Christ and loyalty to Him should so far exceed all other loves and loyalties that they can hardly be expressed in the same terms. If you say that you love your father and mother and love God, that puts God and parents in about the same relationship, and that is not what Jesus requires. So here, to hate father and mother and wife and children and brothers and your own life also does not mean malice. It does not mean one should dishonor his parents. This Scripture does not contradict the plain statement of Ephesians 5:25, that a husband is to love his wife, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it.

“As a car at sixty miles an hour passes a car at twenty miles an hour, as if it were standing still, so the love for Christ and loyalty for Christ so should supersede all other relationships of life, as to not even be labeled with the same terms … If people are to have the love and loyalty that will let them burn at the stake for Christ, be torn by wild beasts, be tortured on the rack, or eaten by cannibals, as many have been, then they must have a drastic love and loyalty for Christ not measurable by human comparisons.”

The key to having a Spirit-empowered life is genuine love for the one that saved us from Hell!  This real love will make a Christian what God intended: a vessel fit for the Master to use.
“And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” Deuteronomy 6:5

1 Luke, The Son of Man, Dr. John R. Rice, Sword of the Lord Publishers, 1971, Pg. 352.

“Christians should have an attitude of gratitude and servitude”
— Author Unknown



Why Should We Love God?
Bill Brinkworth

“And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul , and with all thy might.” Deut. 6:5

One of the main desires of God is that we love Him with all our being.  Throughout the Bible, God tells us to love Him with all our hearts because:

  • Loving God is a commandment and expectation of our Creator.
    “But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Josuha 22:5  Also: Jos. 23:11.
    “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” Mt. 22:37  Also: Mark 12:30, Luke 10:27.
  • He is our strength, preserver, protector, and deliverer.  Those are certainly reasons to love Him.
    “I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.” Ps. 18:1
    “O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.” Ps. 31:23  Also: Ps. 97:10, Ps. 145:20.
  • He loves us so, and He hears our pleas.
    “I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.” Ps. 116:1
  • He is faithful and merciful to keep His promises.
    “Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;” Deut. 7:9
  • Loving God has many blessings, including a fruitful, longer life.
    “In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.” Deut. 30:16  Also: Deut. 30:20.
  • God cannot be deceived.  He knows who loves Him and who wants to serve Him.
    “Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.” Deut. 13:3  Also: Ps. 119:159, Gal. 6:7.
    “So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.” Joh 21:15   Also: John 21:16-17, Isa. 56:6.

It should be easy to love God because He first loved us (I John 4:19).  He created us and makes sure we have all we need to live and prosper. He is the only God there is, and we need to love Him for all He has done for us and will do.  None of us deserves anything, yet God has blessed us so.  We should, without difficulty, readily love Him back.
“Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”  Jude 1:21

“The difference between God and man is God gives, gives, gives, and forgives, while man gets, gets, gets, but still forgets.” — Author Unknown

The Bible View #745

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