In another of my columns, the discussion arose as to whether or not God is in control of this world. I am adamant in saying that He is, even though God has given free will to all humans and we choose for ourselves how we will live our lives. But the ultimate control is God’s alone. Any dominion or authority we as human beings have is only at His discretion and allowance.
I commented at one point that scripture says that God “sets up whom He will, and brings down whom He will.” I wasn’t sure of the exact location of the scripture and promised to get back with it. There are several pertinent scriptures:
Psalm 75:7 “But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.”
Daniel 4:35 “And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?”
Daniel 2:21 “And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings:…”
In my mind, I puzzle:
Did God set up Hitler, who was a monster and murdered millions of Jews?
Did God set up President Bill Clinton who brought extreme shame to the Oval Office?
Did God set up President George W. Bush?
Has God always had His will in elections and in the progression of kings?
or…are we humans indeed “setting up and bringing down”, albeit under the authority and permission of God?
I’m interested in hearing your thoughts about this.