The only time we appear to believe this is when something goes terribly wrong. The rhetoric after a disaster often goes, “How can God allow this to happen?” You heard it after Katrina, after Sandy, after 9/11, and it is often heard in hospital rooms and funeral homes. In fact, insurance policies contain that sinister phrase “acts of God,” from which the company distances itself; those are nasty acts.
No, it would appear from everything we read, see and hear, that human ingenuity is in control. We will find a cure for cancer. We will land a craft on Mars. We will convert the heathen. We. Nary a mention of God. I am reminded of another psalm: “He who sits in the heavens laughs; the LORD has them in derision.” (Psalm 2:4)
The curve that measures the advancement in knowledge, typically a slow rising curve, has shot straight up these last 20 years. No wonder our self-confidence is sky high. Is there anything we can’t or won’t do?
“Sing praises to God; sing praises,” the psalmist exhorts. Remember from whom all things come. Remember to whom all praise and thanksgiving is due. For contrary to popular opinion, God is still very much in control.
Turn our hearts to you, Great King, so we may give you proper honour and devotion. Amen. — DAB