Is God in Control?

When pain, suffering, and natural disasters occur, how can we know that God is really in control? Is He really sovereign over all things, including evil?

  • The Decree of God by Derek Thomas

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2007

    Joseph has just revealed his true identity to his astonished brothers. It had been a tearful moment (Gen. 46:2, 14; cf. 42:24; 43:30). He is about to engage in a discourse on predestination and the divine decree …Read More

  • Paradise Lost by David VanDrunen

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2008

    In the second chapter of Hebrews, the author notes that God did not appoint angels, but human beings, to rule the world to come (v. 5), and he quotes Psalm 8 to prove it: “You made him for a little …Read More

  • For My Good? by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2010

    In 1993, my wife and I were involved in an historic train wreck. The crash of the Sunset Limited into an inlet from Mobile Bay killed more passengers than any Amtrak accident in history. We survived that eerie accident but …Read More

  • Faith and the Power of God by Jerry Bridges

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2008

    The healing of the demon possessed boy (Matt. 17:14–20) at first glance seems to be only one more in a series of miraculous healings recorded by Matthew. What makes this one unique is Jesus’ emphasis on the role …Read More

  • The Veracity of God by Derek Thomas

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2007

    The story of Joseph is one of the finest examples in Scripture of what Paul meant when he wrote, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good” (Rom. 8:28). All things …Read More

  • The Sovereignty of God: 1996 National Conference with Various Teachers

    Who’s in charge, man or God? From the beginning, people have wrongly answered life’s crucial question. Homo mensura, we have proudly declared. Man, not God, is the measure of all things.  The Bible disagrees. According to the Scriptures …Read More

  • The Sovereignty of God: 1996 National Conference with Various Teachers

    Who’s in charge, man or God? From the beginning, people have wrongly answered life’s crucial question. Homo mensura, we have proudly declared. Man, not God, is the measure of all things.  The Bible disagrees. According to the Scriptures …Read More

  • The Invisible Hand: 2004 Seattle Conference with Various Teachers

    When things are going well in our lives, it is easy for us to affirm the goodness of God. However, tragedies often cause us to wonder if God has forgotten us.  In this series of lectures from Ligonier Ministries’ 2004 …Read More

  • The Providence of God with Dr. R.C. Sproul

    Most of us have experienced disaster — or know someone who has. Conversely, most of us have experienced great blessing as well. While we are grateful for God’s kindness, we can’t help but shake our heads and wonder at …Read More

  • If God Knows Our Needs, Why Pray? by R.C. Sproul

    We serve an all-loving, all-knowing, omnipotent God, who loves to give His children what they need. Yet we are instructed by Jesus in the Lord’s prayer to ask the Father for our daily provisions. But if God already knows what we need, what is the purpose of prayer? In this message, Dr. Sproul examines the question teaching us the ...

  • Trusting God's Providence by R.C. Sproul

    The rain falls on the just and the unjust; foxes have holes and birds have nests, while lilies adorn the fields. Everything in creation is under the providing care of God. Not only does God supply all things, but He arranges them according to His plan and for His glory. For Christians, this ought to produce peace and comfort even ...

  • A War of Ideas by R.C. Sproul

    Since the entrance of sin into the world, people and nations have been killing one another. What are the root causes of war? Where do all wars ultimately begin? In this message entitled “A War of Ideas,” Dr. Sproul introduces us to the fundamental elements of different worldviews and some of the irreconcilable differences many of them have.

  • Almighty Over All by R.C. Sproul

  • What Is Providence? by R.C. Sproul

    Everything in creation is under the providing care of God. Not only does God supply all things, He arranges them according to His plan for His glory. For Christians, this ought to produce peace and comfort even when it appears that all is against them. In this message, Dr. Sproul explores many different aspects of the Providence of God, beginning ...

  • God or Chance? by R.C. Sproul

    By definition, an atheist is someone who denies the existence of God. A theist on the contrary is someone who affirms that He exists. Christians, by definition are in the category of theists. So is it possible for a Christian to be an atheist and not know it? As strange as this sounds, Dr. Sproul explains in this message that ...

  • What About Human Freedom? by R.C. Sproul

    Whatever you plan on doing for the next half hour will be your free choice. And yet, whatever you decide, it will be according to God’s sovereign plan. So which is it: your plan or God’s? Considering this in this message entitled “What About Human Freedom?” Dr. Sproul teaches us how human responsibility and freedom fit in the ...

  • God Makes it All Happen by R.C. Sproul

    Are there things that God does not or cannot control? Is there anything that God did not cause to happen? How much does God control and how much does He sit back and watch? Considering these questions in this message, Dr. Sproul explains the extent of God’s control over His creation.

  • Is God Responsible for Human Wickedness? by R.C. Sproul

    If God is sovereign over all things, and if he is indeed a good God, then how do we fit the idea of human wickedness and evil into this picture? Does God make human beings commit evil acts? If He can stop them, then why doesn’t He? Dr. Sproul addresses these questions in this message as he gives us ...

  • God’s Sovereignty

    Exodus 33:19B

    Arminians must admit that if God provides a mere offer for salvation, there is a chance no one would ever believe and be saved. But this contradicts Scripture, for the Bible says the Messiah will see the successful results of ...Read More

  • Looking through the Mirror

    Spend some time reflecting on the goodness of God. In what specific ways is His goodness being manifested to you right now?Read More

  • What Is Providence?

    1 Peter 1:1–2

    Even we who believe in God can sometimes be guilty of living our lives as if He did not exist. How often do we drive around town, work at the office, dig in our gardens, read a book, prepare our ...Read More

  • Why Sovereignty Matters

    Genesis 50:20–21

    Hear these encouraging comments from John Calvin: “Let the impious busy themselves as they please, let them rage, let them mingle heaven and earth; yet they shall gain nothing by their ardor; and not only shall their impetuosity prove ineffectual ...Read More

  • Probing the Remote Purpose

    What past or present circumstances in your life have caused you to ask “Why?” Ask God to show you how His good intentions are reflected in these situations.Read More

  • Not a Chance

    Ephesians 1:11

    “When that light of divine providence has once shone upon a godly man, he is then relieved and set free not only from the extreme anxiety and fear that were pressing him before, but from every care” (John Calvin, Institutes ...Read More

  • Exposing the Permissive Will of God

    How has a false view of God’s permissive will affected your Christian walk in the past? Do you have a different view of His permissive will now? How will it affect your walk in the future?Read More

  • Providence and Prayer

    James 5:16b–18

    Divine providence should not hinder prayer. Instead it should make us eager to intercede for ourselves and others, because we know God makes use of our prayers to accomplish His will. Consider this example: If my wife is ill, how ...Read More

  • From Suffering to Glory (Part 2) R.C. Sproul

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  • Israel’s Rejection & God’s Justice (Part 1) R.C. Sproul

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