In a commendable effort to try to cheer up a miserable world, popular actor Tyler Perry asked his many friends to sing the famous song, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” which he then uploaded to YouTube.
But there’s a glaring problem here. To say that God has the whole world in His hands clashes head on with the world’s perception of reality. It’s to fiddle while Rome burns. We are living in a nightmare of chaos, death, and terrible suffering, and these people are singing lyrics of a song that sounds like they think all is well because God is in control. It’s understandable for a thinking skeptic to say it’s very clear that He’s not.
Take for example the recent headline “Earthquake strikes Italy near worst-hit area for coronavirus.” Where is God in that? Can’t He stop earthquakes and help all the suffering? An earthquake just adds to it. South Carolina has been ravaged with the virus, yet their suffering is compounded when they were hit by a whole stack of killer tornados. And these continual tragedies are just the tiny tip of the iceberg of human suffering. How can anyone in their right mind sing, “He’s got the whole world in His hands”? That’s a legitimate question.
As Christians, we take tremendous comfort in the thought that God does indeed have the whole world in His hands. We know that there is not a flea that jumps, a dog that barks, an earthquake that rumbles, a tornado, hurricane, or plague that kills without the permissive will of God. Nothing in this universe happens without God allowing it to happen. Not one electron goes around the nucleus of a single atom without God. This is because He created it, set it into motion, and has it in His hands. And in that sense, He’s got the whole world in His hands, and that is extremely consoling to the faithful.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Ray Comfort