I get really aggravated at people that insist that God allows things to happen to us, but that He doesn’t control things. If God just allows things to happen, who did it? Who was in control? The devil? Mother Nature? I don’t think so. God controls everything, even the devil, even nature. He plans all things in our life and He controls all things. Everything happens the way He decides. Now I am not saying that we don’t have a will and can’t plan things. But in the end God will determine what happens. We will make our plans, but God determines the outcome (Prov. 16:9).
In Exodus 14 we have a good example of God being in control. In this well known story of the Red Sea crossing God had a plan and He put that plan into action.
Here was God’s Plan. He planned for the Children of Israel to cross the Red Sea and go into the desert; and He planned that the Egyptians would chase them and drowned in the Sea.
Here Was The Purpose Of His Plan. He wanted Egypt to know that He was the Lord; and He wanted Israel to put their trust in Him.
Well the plan worked perfectly. Here are the details of His plan:
1. God wanted Israel to march toward the sea and camp along the sea shore. And so they did (vv. 1-2).
2. God’s idea was to make Pharaoh think that Israel was confused and trapped between the sea and the wilderness.
3. Next God put it in Pharaoh’s mind to chase after them and bring them back to Egypt. But God was planning to drowned them all and save Israel. He wanted Egypt to know that he was the Lord (the Sovereign God).
4. Verse 8 tells us that God continued to strengthen Pharaoh’s resolve to chase after them. And so he did and all Egypt did.
Well you know the rest of the story. It happened just as God planned it. God used Moses’ hand to part the sea. And He caused a strong east wind to blow all night to dry out the sea bed so that the Israelites could walk across. Then God caused the Egyptians to chase after them, but He through them into confusion and made their chariot wheels fall off. Then God used Moses again to close up the sea so that all the Egyptians drown. And so it happened exactly as God planned it. But why did God plan this to happen as it did?
The answer is clearly written in scripture. For the Egyptians it is, “[so] the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.” For the Israelites, it is so that they would fear God and put their trust in Him and in Moses (Ex. 14:31).
So, you see how God manipulated things in order to make His plans work. Does He not do that still now in this age in our life? I don’t see why He wouldn’t. And he does it for the same reason: for His glory; so people will know He is the Lord; and so people will fear Him and trust Him. I hope that you will choose to trust Him.
Final note: God told Moses all His plans. I think He will share His plans with us too if we would be close to Him as Moses was.