However, that song raises a question: IF God really has the whole world in His hands, why are things such a mess? In Psalm 24:1, we read these words, “The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it…” (NIV). We also know from the Creation Story in Genesis that God created the world and everything in it and so it stands to reason that the world as we know it today still belongs to God. So why then is everything such a mess and why does God not step in and clean up this mess?
The simple answer is that God chooses not to, at least not yet! The truth is, the answer is much deeper than that. As God created humanity, we were gifted with this little thing called “free will.” As humans, we have choices to make every day. We choose what we eat, where we work, where to live and so on and so forth. Sometimes we make good choices and sometimes we make bad choices.
If it were all up to God, none of us would ever make a bad choice. But no matter how hard we try, there are times when we all come short of making God happy! (Romans 3:23) This reminds me of how when I was a young child, I hated to clean up my room. My mom would make me and I would have much rather been outside playing or riding horses! So, there were lots of times that I would simply shove all my stuff under the bed! I thought my mom did not know what I was doing. Then one day after I had “cleaned” my room and went out to play, my mom came in and cleaned out all the stuff I had shoved under my bed and dumped it on my bed! When I came in I was in for a big surprise. I was not allowed to go back outside until everything was put where it belonged, the bed made, the floor swept and mopped and she inspected my work!
One day, God will send Jesus back to clean up the mess humanity has made with God’s wonderful creation! There will be no hiding or shoving stuff under the bed. Jesus is coming back in God’s time, not ours. So you see, God really does have the whole world in His hands! Amen.