When you're in the middle of intense suffering, it's easy to lose your bearings. Questions arise reflexively: Is God really in control? How can a good God allow so much pain? Is God good?
The pain that we feel can make it hard to even think straight. We need anchors that keep us tethered to the truth so we do not drift when we encounter suffering.
God Controls All Things, Including Evil
When you are experiencing pain, one might be tempted to let God off the hook by saying he is not in control. The problem is that God doesn't need or want to be let off that hook. Scripture is clear regarding God's sovereignty over all things:
Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, "My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose." (Isaiah 46:9–10)
And Scripture is clear about God's sovereignty over evil. "Is a trumpet blown in a city, and the people are not afraid? Does disaster come to a city, unless the Lord has done it?" (Amos 3:6). And Isaiah 45:7 says, "I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things."
The Christian faith is not a dualistic yin and yang in which God and Satan are fighting it out evenly matched, uncertain who will win. No, Satan is a creature. He does not have power in and of himself, and he and all his works exist under God's power and purposes. Even though evil may seem random in its irrationality, and feel like it might be out of God's control, God does not let us take him "off the hook" over who is ultimately in control. God's sovereignty extends over all things, including evil.
[Read the rest of the article at Desiring God.]