Scripture Reading: Acts 20:17–25
A. It is always a frightening experience when we perceive that we have lost all control of a situation.
B. In times like these it is good to remember that, even when every-thing seems to be going wrong, God is still in complete control.
I. Sometimes we need to be reminded we aren’t really in control.
A. Nebuchadnezzar seemed to think he had everything under his control (Daniel 4:30–37).
B. Herod thought he had the world in the palm of his hand (Acts 12:20–23).
II. There are some things that need to be left in God’s hands.
A. There are some “secret things” which belong to God alone (Deuteronomy 29:29; cf. John 21:19–23).
B. God has a plan, and He uses everything to the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28).
C. We should also know that God doesn’t need our help (Genesis 16:1–3).
III. When everything is falling apart, remember that God has a plan.
A. When all seemed to be lost in the garden, God announced a plan (Genesis 3:15).
B. When Israel rebelled at the border of Canaan, God used the incident to benefit others (Hebrews 4:1–11).
A. Sometimes it takes catastrophe to remind us who is really in charge.
B. Whatever you may be facing right now, remember that God is still in total control, just as much as during the best days of your life.