Stand Alone Sermon
When “evil” seems to be winning, do you know who is really in control? GOD! But then, if God is in control, why does He allow evil to exist in the first place??? All of this can be quite confusing if you don’t know God and you don’t know what EVIL really is. We talk a lot about God being “sovereign,” which means that He rules over all things. That doesn’t mean He CAUSES all things, but rather, that He controls all things for His purposes. Why is this so important to understand? Because you are building your life on what you KNOW (or what you “believe”) to be true, and many people don’t know what is true, so they build their philosophy of life on half-truths or outright lies. God is either in control over everything … or He is in control of nothing! If there is one thing outside of God’s control, it may destroy God’s plan and produce chaos. That’s what our world looks like to the human eye at the present time. But is that true??? No! God IS in control, which means that He MUST have a plan and it MUST include our present circumstances. All that is happening in the world around us, and all that is happening in your life, even your bad choices, your sins, and all the rest … EVERYTHING is known to God and has been ordained by God to accomplish His purposes. We will learn today that “evil” is not a thing, but rather, the ABSENCE of something. When you begin to understand God’s sovereignty AND human responsibility, your love for God in Christ and your desire to worship Him will grow stronger and deeper. That is our goal this morning!!