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Seeing God in New Ways: Recovery from Distorted Images of God

by Juanita R. Ryan

God is waiting around the next corner with a club to punish me.

God has a mean face, I don’t like to think of him looking at me.

These descriptions of God come from deeply committed Christians. Neither person would have signed a doctrinal statement which described God as someone who carries a large club, or as a someone with a mean face. They both would have affirmed that God is a loving and grace-full God. But their private images of God were in direct – and painful – conflict with their intellectual convictions about God.

I have observed in myself and in others that this kind of internal conflict about God is fairly common. It seems that people who believe in a God of love and compassion sometimes experience private images of God which are disturbing.

Why ‘Images’ Are Important

Our images of God are not the same as our ideas about God. Images are not abstract ideas. They are pictures. That is, they are a powerful combination of thoughts and feelings.

Long before we were old enough to think in words, we thought in pictures or images. These images are loaded with emotion. From the first days of life we began storing memories of our emotional experiences. Images of our mother’s face when she was distressed and when she was pleased, or of our father’s face when he was angry or when he was laughing – all are stored in our memory. These images became linked with the soothing we felt or with the increased fear we felt in interacting with these important faces and voices. All of our experiences, from our earliest days, have been stored in our minds, some of them as emotionally laden images.

These emotionally laden images of parents or of other early caretakers form the basic foundation of our expectations in relationships with all other people, including God.

Our images of God, therefore, may not be the same as our doctrinal affirmations about God. We may affirm that we believe in a God of love and grace, but our images of God may be of an abusive bully. And the image of God as an abusive bully is likely to have a more powerful impact on our emotions and behaviors than our doctrinal statements about God because our images of God are rooted in early formative experiences.

When we examine our private images of God and discover significant distortions, we may feel horrified at the thought that we could harbor such negative images of God. Viewing God in negative ways may seem unacceptable and frightening. In spite of our fears, however, I believe it is critical that we explore our private images of God. I believe this is important for several reasons.

First, our private images of God can have a powerful impact on our behaviors, even without our conscious awareness. The woman who described God as a bully with a club was paralyzed by this image. Her private images of God kept her from leaving a violently abusive relationship. She was afraid that if she left, she would be punished by God. We need to explore our images of God because they can keep us locked in self destructive behaviors.

A second reason for giving attention to our private images of God is that they profoundly impact our spiritual well-being. When our images of God are distorted, our whole relationship with God can become distorted. We may secretly spend our lives cringing, hiding and running from God – or anxiously performing to earn God’s approval. If we have highly negative images of God we will most likely experience a great deal of spiritual distress.

A third reason to pay attention to our images of God is that they are related to our images of ourselves. It has been my observation that for every distortion a person has of God there is usually a corresponding self-distortion. If we see God as a vengeful, punishing God, we are likely to see ourselves as bad and as deserving of punishment. If we see God as a person with impossible expectations, then we will likely see ourselves as a failure or as not good enough.

When I present this material in workshop settings I often ask participants to provide details of the image of God as a bully. Groups of pastors, missionaries and mental health professionals have all been able to quickly fill in this image, because it is such a personally familiar image . The description I have heard goes something like this: God is big; he is angry for some unknown reason; he is demanding and sadistic; you can never be sure if you’ve pleased him; he carries a club or a two-by-four that he intends to use; he is scowling so that his face is red and contorted; he is unapproachable.

Fortunately, the Bible is rich in powerful and helpful imagery about God. God is pictured in Scripture as King, Shepherd, Comforter, Counselor, Healer, Helper, to name a few. These images from Scripture can provide a dramatic contrast to our disturbing images. Contrast, for example, the image of God as a bully with this description of God as both a powerful ruler and as a tender, gentle shepherd:

You who bring good tidings to Zion
go up on a high mountain.
You who bring good tidings to Jerusalem,
lift up your voice with a shout,
lift it up, do not be afraid;
say to the towns of Judah,
‘Here is your God!’
See the Sovereign Lord comes with power,
and his arm rules for him.
See, his reward is with him
and his recompense accompanies him.
He tends his flock like a shepherd;
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young.
Isaiah 40:9-11

It is clear that these contrasting images of God (as a terrorizing bully or as a strong, tender shepherd) would have very different effects on a person’s feelings and behaviors. The first image, of a bully God would contribute to shame, paralyzing fear, a negative view of self and of the world, withdrawal from God and a sense of hopelessness. The second image, of a shepherd God, however, would create a sense of being known and loved, a freedom to act, a positive view of self and the world, a desire to approach God, and a sense of hopefulness. After working with these contrasting images of God in workshops, I have had people say with tears in their eyes "the difference is you would want to run from the bully God, but the God whom Isaiah describes is a God you would want to be close to, a God you could trust and love."

Common Distortions

It has been my experience that people’s images of God are uniquely personal. I think it is crucial that we pay attention to the unique portraits that each of us paint of God, because these descriptions tell a part of our story. There seem, however, to be some general categories of distortions into which many of our unique images fall.

For example, some people imagine God as a person with impossibly demanding expectations. David Semands described this image of God in his book Healing for Damaged Emotions:

God is seen as a figure on top of a tall ladder. The person says to himself, "I’m going to climb up to God now. I’m his child, and I want to please him, more than I want anything else." So he starts climbing, rung by rung, working hard, until his knuckles are bleeding and his shins are bruised. Finally, he reaches the top, only to find that his God has moved up three rungs; so he puts on his Avis button and determines to try a little harder. He climbs and struggles, but when he gets up there, his God has gone up another three rungs. God is that inner voice that always says, "That’s not quite good enough."

For other people, God may be seen as unsympathetic, emotionally distant, cold, and interested only in facts or performance. People who see God in this way may ask: "How could God understand my problem? Why would God care about what I feel?"

Others of us see God as too busy with important things to care about or to listen. As a missionary kid, I have often struggled with this image of God. I have always been acutely aware of the needs of the rest of the world. There is nothing wrong with that, of course, but one of my recurring images of God involves a long line of people – all the people of the world – who are waiting to be attended to by God. In the image, I am at the end of the line .

Other people see God as abusive, as a bully. This is the God who carries a big stick and enjoys using it to control, threaten and punish people. This God will punish us if we misbehave. It is a distortion many abuse survivors experience.

Still other people see God as unreliable. This God, for one reason or another, cannot be counted on. God may be loving one day and unaccountably angry the next. God may make promises, but they won’t be kept. Or, God may be weak, passive or unable to provide the help and protection we need.

A final image of God which is fairly common is of a God who abandons. Those who fear abandonment by God may try hard to please God, hoping that God will not leave. Shortly after I started therapy for myself I had an image come to mind of God holding my hand. We were in a crowd of people. Suddenly, God pulled his hand away from mine and disappeared. I was alone in the crowd.

Each of these distorted images create spiritual distress. After all, who could feel comfortable in the presence of any of these Gods? Who would feel safe? Who would feel loved? None of us.

For healing to take place it is very helpful to ask some questions about how these distortions arise. Where do they come from? How do they develop? The process is probably very complex. Let’s look at three important factors:

The Church and Distorted Images of God

Unfortunately, some distortions of God grow out of teaching and preaching in the Christian community that inadvertently perpetuates disturbing, sub-Christian images of God. In Sunday School classes, pulpits and Christian media the good news is sometimes turned into bad news. The gospel of grace sometimes becomes the gospel of shame. And the faith intended to free us from bondage sometimes becomes a heavy burden of performance.

My husband and I co-authored a Bible study series that includes a book entitled Recovery from Distorted Images of God. When this book was being field tested before publication, it was sent to several people, including a pastor who responded with a long letter in which he angrily accused us of perpetuating a distortion of God as a loving God. He insisted that God was in fact abusive, and that in order to avoid this painful truth about God, we were misrepresenting God in these studies. The image of a loving God, found over and over again in Scripture, deeply upset this pastor. I grieved for this man and for his congregation. It is painful to live in relationship with a God whose love can be ‘overemphasized’. The Apostle Paul had no such concern when he prayed for all of us that we would have the ability to grasp "how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ"(Eph 3:18).

In addition to experiencing some grief for this man and his congregation, I also had another response. While I could see that this was an angry man who imagined God to be an abusive God, his letter threw me emotionally. Because of my own distortions of God, I found myself thinking, "maybe he is right, maybe a loving God is just too much to hope for." I was clearly impacted by his letter.

Distorted teaching from Christian leaders can have a significant impact on our images of God. When people in positions of authority, who claim to be speaking for God, tell us, or in some way imply, that God is mean or impossible to please it carries a great deal of weight. I believe that such teaching is especially impactful on people at vulnerable points in life. People new to faith in Christ seem to be at risk because they may be open to take in as absolute truth the first formal teachings or representations they hear from authority figures about God. In the midst of a crisis we are all also at risk because we are making major psychological changes, are flooded by feelings, and are searching for spiritual direction. And, if we already suffer from distorted images of God, we are also at risk. This is especially true when the distortions being perpetuated match, even vaguely, the distortions we already experience. This is what happened to me when I received the angry letter from the pastor. I was already struggling with distorted images of God as excessively angry and demanding and the letter reinforced these images.

The Family and Distorted Images of God

Another potential contributor to distorted images of God may be the religious dynamics in our families. If parents use God as a ‘club’ to control their children, telling them, for example, that God will not love them or that God will punish them if they do not comply with the parents commands, this will have an impact on a child’s images of God. If parents are cut off from the emotional or relational realities of life and hide behind some form of rigid religious practice, this will have an impact on a child’s images of God. If Mom or Dad are rarely available because they are too busy at church or in ministry, this will have an impact on the child’s images of God. And, of course, when a child is emotionally, physically or sexually abused by a religious parent – or one who perhaps actually invokes God in justifying the abuse – this will have a powerful effect on how the child experiences God. In these families God is assigned highly negative roles. God is put in the role of abuser, punisher, controller, or shamer. When God is assigned painfully negative roles in a family system, this is bound to have a major impact on the children’s developing images of God.

Our Inner Experience and Distorted Images of God

From the first day of life we each construct internal images of ourselves and others. These images of others which come from experiences in relationship to early caretakers become a part of us that we will likely project onto all other people, especially authority figures, such as God.

Human infants come into the world as vulnerable creatures, completely dependent on their parents for their survival. Infants are social creatures from the start. Infants are not only vulnerably dependent on their parents to meet their physical needs, they are also vulnerably dependent on them to meet their social, emotional and spiritual needs. The vulnerable, dependent infant must be in relation to survive. His physical and psychic life depend on some degree of mutual attachment with his parents. Attachment is the human’s first fundamental need. The capacity to trust grows out of the experience of emotional attachment with a nurturing person who provides a non-demanding, non-intrusive presence.

The attachment a child experiences with parents is central to the development of his concept of self and his concept of others, including God. Attachments can be nurturing, holding, mirroring experiences in which the child feels himself to be known and loved and feels that other people are attentive and loving. Attachments can also be intrusive, punitive, easily threatened, rejecting or controlling. In such cases the child experiences that he is not known or loved or and that other people are not available in a nurturing, loving way.

When a child is not greeted with nurturing and empathic responses to his physical, emotional and social needs, his need for attachment will be threatened and the child will make adaptations in order to survive. The child must ‘do’ something to protect himself. Whatever adaptations a young child makes are valuable because they help him survive. But over time these ‘adaptations’ can become internal defensive structures which can limit the person’s capacity for intimate relating with God and with others.

Most children who have negative attachment experiences will defend against a conscious awareness that they are not loved, and will decide that the problem is with themselves – that they are not lovable. However, unconsciously they will "see" others as not loving, including God. As a result, they will unconsciously avoid true intimacy with others and with God.

When this person grows into adulthood and is told to "trust God" he may find himself wondering what these words mean, because he may in fact have learned to not trust anyone, including God. Fears of being abandoned or hurt will cause him to keep God at a distance. This will help him feel safe, but will leave him isolated and alone, wondering why he cannot trust God, wondering why God is so far away.

Healing Distorted Images of God

Distorted images are wounds that need time and attention in order to heal. Because distortions are often deeply rooted in early life experiences, healing deeply may mean healing slowly.

It is important to remind ourselves that God is on our side in this process. According to Scripture, God is Love and wants us to experience this love in practical ways. God has gone to great lengths to reveal himself and his love to us. In addition, according to Scripture, God is a healing God who is personally invested in replacing our distorted images with images rooted in truth and grace. We cannot fix our distorted images of God by some single act of courage or dedication. Some of us have tried this approach but we are soon forced to recognize our powerlessness over deeply rooted images. What we can do is to risk asking God to personally reveal his grace to us, to heal our distorted images and to give us the capacity to take in divine love.

An important starting point for this healing journey is to explore our private images of God. We might, for example, ask ourselves: What are my worst fears about God? When I find myself avoiding God what thoughts and feelings about God are causing me to pull away? How do I think God sees me? What do I think God expects of me? What pictures come to mind when I think about God? What do my behaviors and feelings tell me about how I see God? This kind of exploration can be painful but it is the kind of truth-telling which leads to healing.

Another important aspect of healing is to begin to talk about our private images of God. This may feel like a risky thing to do. We may need permission and support to express our more disturbing images of God. A trusted friend, a pastor, a support group, or a therapist can be helpful in providing both the permission and the safe place that is needed for exploring these painful images. Telling the truth, even to just one other person, is an important step in breaking the power of distorted images.

It’s also true that, because our distorted images of God were formed in relationships, it will be in the context of relationships that the distortions will heal. We cannot do this alone. We need to experience God’s love from other people. Investing in relationships which allow us to experience grace over and over again will make it possible for us to learn to trust, to attach, and to begin to form images of God as nurturing and compassionate. This growing capacity to trust and to attach to other humans will impact our level of trust and attachment with God. New nurturing images will at least be able to compete with our earlier images. Support groups, counseling and friendships can all help provide such healing experiences. These relationships will have limits. People will never be perfect. But "good enough" experiences of love and grace from others, over a long enough period of time, can at least partially repair the damage done by early losses.

A third resource for healing distorted images is to explore possible origins of these images. It might be helpful, for example, to examine the role God was assigned in your family of origin and to look at any similarities between your descriptions of God and your descriptions of your parents and other important people in your life. This process of separating one from the other is, for many of us, a grief process. It involves acknowledging early life experiences for what they were, feeling the loss of what should have been, protesting the unfairness of these experiences and awakening unfulfilled longings. Our distorted images of God may tell us something about the losses and traumas we experienced early in life. Identifying these experiences and grieving them are a important part of the healing process. Seeing the connection between our experiences with early caretakers and our images of God sets in motion a process of separating one from the other. This is how we begin to realize that God is not the same as the humans who have, in one way or another, failed us or hurt us.

The same is true if the source of your distorted images of God lies not within your family of origin but within the Christian community. If you attended a shame-based church during your formative years, it is very likely that this reinforced any dysfunction from your family of origin. Again, the goal of exploring the origins of distorted images is not to assign blame. The goal is to start sorting out who is God and who is not God. That sounds easy enough. But it’s not nearly as easy as it sounds. As we explore the origins of our distorted images of God we are in the process of letting go of idolatrous attachments to people (parents, religious leaders and other important people) who are not-God in order to establish a deep, lasting and intimate attachment to the Living and True God.

A fourth powerful resource for healing our distorted images of God is to allow competing imagery from Scripture to have an effect on us. We tend to seek out biblical texts that correspond to our distortions of God and concentrate on them. But we may have a great deal of difficulty taking in the vast, rich, diverse texts that speak of God’s love and grace and compassion. I have found it helpful to spend focused time with biblical images of God and to write my personal thoughts and feelings in response. Images which provide a clear contrast to distressing images can be especially meaningful. Examples of images of God in Scripture include God as Comforter, Counselor, Deliverer, Father of Compassion, Father to the Fatherless, Fortress, Helper, King, Light, Mighty One, Mother Eagle, Refuge, Rock, Savior, Shepherd. In order to heal distorted images, we may need to allow our imaginations to engage with the images of Scripture. The text from Isaiah which was quoted earlier is one example of a text which is rich in opportunities for this kind of meditation. We can engage our imaginations with the text in such a way that we allow ourselves to see God as a powerful King who comes to us; and to see God as a tender Shepherd who gently tends to us and carries us. I have found it particularly helpful to journal my thoughts and feelings in response to such texts and to share them with a friend or with my support group.

The real healer of our distortions is God. God is with us as God-the-Spirit, sent to teach, comfort, counsel and heal. "The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express." (Romans 8:26). It is God’s desire that we come to know him as he is. It is God’s desire to heal the distortions that cause us to hide from him. God invites us to come into his presence and to rest in his love.

May "the glorious Father, give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better" (Ephesians 1:17). May you come to know the God who has revealed himself to be "compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love" (Psalm 103:8).

Juanita Ryan is a mental health nurse specialist with a private practice. She is the co-author of many Bible study guides published by InterVarsity Press and of Rooted in God’s Love, a book of meditations on biblical texts. For more information visit her web site at www.juanitaryan.com.

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5 Bible Quotes to Remind Us God Is in Control

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What five Bible quotes can remind us that God is in complete control at all times?

Daniel 2:21 “He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.”

I know that Solomon understood God’s omnipotence (all-powerful) because he wrote that God “looses the bonds of kings and binds a waistcloth on their hips” (Job 12:18), and “he pours contempt on princes and loosens the belt of the strong” (Job 12:21) at His discretion and as He pleases. He is always and forever in control.

Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”

Solomon asks the rhetorical question, “Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it” (Lam 3:37), with the obvious answer being only God can speak a thing and make it come to pass. Even a word isn’t spoken that the Lord hasn’t known before, as the psalmist explains, “Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether” (Psalm 139:4).

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Isaiah 46:9-10 “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.”

There is no one or nothing that could ever compare to God. He declares what the end will be even before it’s begun! Wow! Whatever man plans, God will accomplish His will and His purpose, for His “counsel shall stand,” and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.

Proverbs 21:1 “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.”

In biblical times, kings held vast power with huge kingdoms and controlled enormous armies. But to God, the king’s heart is nothing more than “a stream of water” in His mighty hands. So guess who’s really in charge (hint: it’s not the king!)? God will turn any king’s (or powerful ruler’s) heart effortless and to whatever direction He wills and for His purposes.

John 10:28-29 “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”

This might seem like a strange choice for a Bible quote that reminds us that God is always in charge, but Jesus is reassuring His listeners (and readers today) that He controls their eternal security, just as if we were in the palm of His hand. Not only that, we are secure in the Father’s hand, too. God’s never going to let us slip from His grace grip (John 6:37, 39).

Conclusion

Has it ever occurred to you that nothing’s ever occurred to God? He’s never had to learn anything because He knows everything. He is in total control. We might like to think we are ruled by human governments, but where man rules, God overrules because “the Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all” (Psalm 103:19), and “God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases” (Psalm 115:3). The greatest reminder that God’s in control takes us from today all the way to “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live” (John 11:25).

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May God richly bless you,

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10 Bible Verses to Remember That God is in Control

If you are feeling on edge, worried, or anxious you are not alone! Uncertainty quickly leads to fear and fear erodes away at our faith. Fear can be powerful. In fact, fear is one of satan's most used tactics to get us to doubt God. We have the power to overcome anxiety and fear with God's promises. Despite what we feel, we need to remind ourselves that God is in control. When everything around us feels out of control, we can allow Scripture to prove to us that God has been, is, and will be sovereign over our lives and world. He is our peace and comfort. Here are 10 of my favorite Bible verses that remind me that God is in control.

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Isaiah 55:8-9

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.  “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (ESV). 

This passage of Scripture assures us that God knows what He’s doing, His thinking is different than ours when it comes to what is best for us and His ways – and everything He allows – are so much higher and better than ours. Despite what we see around us, we can take a pause and refocus on what really matters. Let the "big things" become little in the hands of God. 

Deuteronomy 31:8

“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Moses spoke these words to Joshua as he commissioned him to take the Israelites into the Promised Land. But we can glean from these words the hope and confidence today that God goes before us, He walks alongside us, and He’s got our backs. He will not leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) and He is well aware of all that is happening, all that has happened, and all that will happen according to His wisdom, His love, and His plan. We do not need to fear when we have God in control of our future.

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Psalm 73:26

"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."

Whether it is sickness, disease, loss of a job, betrayal, or even our own sin - God shows up. His grace supports us and sustains us. He strengthens our soul through trials and in the moment of death, he conquers the grave. Our souls are safe and secure in the Lords' hands.

2 Chronicles 2:17

 “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

This verse reinforces that God wants His people to be humble and dependent on Him. He is the Gentle Healer and the Great Physician. He can heal individually, as well as heal nations physically, economically, spiritually. But He desires we call out to Him for help. Trust what He is allowing to effect you, your family, and the world, and cry out to Him for healing. The best thing we can do when we are overwhelmed with anxiety is to cry out to God in prayer. 

Psalm 23:3

"He refreshes my soul, He guides me along the right paths for his names' sake."

Psalm 23 is a beautiful chapter of the Bible in which David acknowledges God's goodness and protection in his life. David has come to learn the comfort in depending upon God. He recounts his experience as God being a shepherd for Him - leading him through troubles and guiding him. We can have confident hope that God will provide for us throughout all of life. 

Psalm 125:2

"As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people both now and forevermore."

Jerusalem is surrounded by natural fortification - Mount Zion on the north, mount of Olives on the east, and other mountains on remaining sides. Just as Jerusalem is protection, God surrounds and protects us with his favor and lovingkindness. He is our shield and guards us with his providential hand. God does not leave us nor forsake but guides us even unto death.  When you're worried you can remember that God is surrounding you on all sides!

Philippians 4:6-7

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

God gives us the prescription for anxiety - and that is prayer. Be quick to pray when the anxious thoughts begin to rise. When we take our requests to God we are allowing Him to work in our lives and take control of our thoughts and emotions. We cannot understand supernatural peace until we surrender our mind to God's ways and thoughts. Meditating on Scripture and praying throughout the day will allow us to see events through God's perspective. 

John 14:27

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."

Jesus Christ knew that his time to die was approaching. As he prepared his disciples he left them with the promise of his legacy - peace. The Gospel of Jesus is peace, both eternal peace through His death and resurrection and peace on earth. By faith in Jesus we find relief from our worries and fear. Any peace the world offers is temporary and fleeting, the peace that Christ offers is lasting and solid. We can trust a loving God who would offer up His son as a payment for our sins in exchange for eternal and earthly peace. 

Ecclesiastes 3:11

"He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end."

There is beauty in everything God has created. He orders all things and upholds their purpose. We may not always understand why God allows for things to happen in our lives that cause pain, fear, and worry. However, we can trust that He has a beautiful purpose for it. 

Hebrews 11:1

"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."

Faith is believing that God exists, that he rewards those who seek him and that we can hope in him because his promises will always be true. Faith does not require perfection, but consistent belief that God is in control and we are to live in accordance to His will. A life of faith is lived in believing the promises of God to be true and clinging to them when we are uncertian. Faith does not need to see to believe that God is in control.

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God Is In Control Quotes

  1. “Relax, God is in control.”

  2. “God is in control and His timing is perfect.”                                                                                                           
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  3. “True peace comes from knowing God is in control.”

  4. “I said all along that God is in control.”- Tony Dungy

  5. “Anything under God’s control is never out of control.”                                                                           
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  6. “When you are down to nothing, God is up to something.”

  7. “You are a paintbrush in hands of the Artist.”- Heidi Baker

  8. “No matter what you are facing, God has it all under control.”

  9. “God is in control of every circumstance.”- Lailah Gifty Akita

  10. “I believe firmly in God’s control in life.”- Charles R. Swindoll

  11. “We must trust God with what we can’t control.”- David Jeremiah

  12. “God knows how to make it all work out…He is in complete control.”

  13. “Nothing happens by accident. God is directing each one of your steps.”                                                 
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  14. “God has a plan and God is in control of everything.” – Beyonce Knowles

  15. “When your will is God’s will, you will have your will.”- Charles Spurgeon

  16. “God not only sees where you are, He sees where you can be.”- Joyce Meyer

  17. “God’s timing is always perfect. Trust His delays. He’s got you.”- Tony Evans

  18. “God is in control and therefore in everything I can give thanks.”- Kay Arthur

  19. “We need to do what we can do and let God do what we cannot.”- Joyce Meyer

  20. “Believe that God is in control. There is no need to be stressed out or worried.”                                                                                                                                               
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  21. “God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with him.”- Jim Elliot

  22. “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”- Corrie Ten Boom

  23. “God never uses anyone greatly until He tests them deeply.”- Aiden Wilson Tozer

  24. “If God does nothing random, there must always be something to learn.”- John Calvin

  25. “If you prayed as much as you worry, you’d have nothing to worry about.”- Rick Warren

  26. “Those who leave everything in God’s hand will eventually see God’s hand in everything.”

  27. “The only way God can show us He’s in control is to put us in situations we can’t control.”                                                                                                                                                                 
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  28. “Hold your head up high, and know God is in control. He has a perfect plan for your life.”

  29. “When you let go, something magical happens. You give God room to work.” – Mandy Hale

  30. “God never ends anything on a negative; God always ends on a positive.”- Edwin Louis Cole

  31. “With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end.”- Henry Ford                                                                                                                                                                                 
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  32. “God is in control of all events and is able to protect and provide for you His child.”- Jim George

  33. “Contentment is accepting God’s sovereign control over all of life’s circumstances.”- Linda Dillow

  34. “Keep trusting God. He is always in control even when your circumstances may seem out of control.”

  35. “God doesn’t break things so He can fix them; He fixes broken things so He can use them.”- Bob Goff

  36. “God has control over everything, and obviously, everything to everyone is god-given.”- Troy Polamalu

  37. “God may allow us at times to hit rock bottom, to show us He’s the rock-at the bottom.”- Kirk Franklin

  38. “It’s funny how aimless a person can feel at times, even when they know God is in control.”- Chris Fabry

  39. “In the roughest moments, remember: God is our Father; God does not abandon his children.”- Pope Francis

  40. “To pray is to accept that we are, and always will be, wholly dependent on God for everything.”- Timothy Keller

  41. “When everything seems like it’s falling apart that’s when God is putting things together just the way He wants it.”                                                                                                               
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  42. “My body and my heart may grow weak but God is the strength of my heart and all I need forever.” – Psalm 73:26 ( Bible Verse)

  43. “No matter what you’re going through there’s no pit so deep that God can’t reach in and get you out.”- Joyce Meyer

  44. “Taking delight in random encounters that come our way is a wonderful reminder that God is in control.”- Mel Lawrenz

  45. “Things may not be logical or fair, but when God is directing the events of our lives, they are right.”- Luci Swindoll

  46. “The circumstances we ask God to CHANGE are often the circumstances God is using to CHANGE US.”- Mark Batterson

  47. “It’s comforting to know that the same God that is in control of the good times of life is still in control of the bad times.”

  48. “The only person who has artistic control is the director, and ‘director’ is how you spell God in Hollywood.”- Tom Clancy

  49. “God often hides His blessing in trouble or trial, which makes it all the sweeter when it comes our way.”- Aiden Wilson Tozer

  50. “Always give God the glory, never question why things happen the way they do. God is in control of my life.” – Nishan Panwar

  51. “Your heart beats 72 times a minute. Every time it beats, it does so with the permission of its Creator.”- Khurram Murad

  52. “Faith to me is having absolute certainty that God is in control of my life and that He has my best interests at heart.”- Dan Ellis

  53. “I have unshakeable faith in the perfect outcome of every situation in my life, for God is in absolute control.”- Catherine Ponder

  54. “God’s hand never slips. He never makes a mistake. His every move is for our own good and for our ultimate good.”- Billy Graham

  55. “FAITH is the conviction that God knows more than we do about life and He will get us through it. God’s still in control.” – Max Lucado

  56. “The next time you’re disappointed, don’t panic. Don’t give up. Just be patient and let God remind you He’s still in control.”- Max Lucado

  57. “If you say: I believed in God, I trusted God and He didn’t come through – You only trusted God to meet your agenda.”- Timothy Keller

  58. “Isn’t it amazing that the God who is in total control of this universe will take time out of His day to hear us pray to Him?”- Mark Cahill

  59. “Of course you’ll encounter trouble. But behold a God of power who can take any evil and turn it into a door of hope.”- Catherine Marshall

  60. “When life’s adversities overwhelm you, look beyond your circumstances with an absolute trust that God is in control.”- Mamur Mustapha

  61. “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28

  62. “I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.”- Martin Luther

  63. “Sometimes God lets you be in a situation that only He can fix so that you can see that He is the One who fixes it. Rest. He’s got it.”- Tony Evans

  64. “When you say, I don’t know exactly what God is doing, but I know he’s in control that’s evidence you’re trusting Him.”- James MacDonald

  65. “Don’t worry God is never blind to your tears, never deaf to your prayers, and never silent to your pains. He sees, He hears and He will deliver.”

  66. “I can rest in the fact that God is in control. Which means I can face things that are out of my control and not act out of control.” – Lysa TerKeurst

  67. “God hears and He sees, and you are not alone in your struggles. Remain firm and stable, for God has your deliverance planned.”- Joyce Meyer

  68. “It may look impossible, but God can do the impossible. Just because you don’t see anything happening doesn’t mean God is not working.”- Joel Osteen

  69. “When I’m worried, it’s usually because I’m trying to do everything myself. When I’m at peace, it’s usually because I remember that God is in control.”

  70. “Nothing is a surprise to God; nothing is a setback to His plans; nothing can thwart His purposes; and nothing is beyond His control.”- Joni Eareckson Tada

  71. “Your life may have taken a detour, but God is still on the throne. He has brought you this far, and sooner or later, your peace will be restored.”- Joel Osteen

  72. “No matter how things look right now, know that God is still in control of our life. Stay in peace, and believe that He will always be with you in all directions.”

  73. “Our problems may stay, our circumstances may remain, but we know God is in control. We are focused on His adequacy, not our inadequacy.”- Charles Stanley

  74. “The God who loans you life sees your every move, hears each word you speak, knows your every thought. You are seen by God. Noticed. Known.”- Francis Chan

  75. “I know God has amazing plans. I pray for direction to follow them, patience to wait on them, faith to believe on them and knowledge to know when they come.”

  76. “God is in control, and therefore in EVERYTHING I can give thanks – not because of the situation but because of the One who directs and rules over it.”- Kay Arthur

  77. “This is how God works. He puts people in positions where they are desperate for his power, and then he shows his provision in ways that display his greatness.”- David Platt

  78. “Let me remind you that this is God’s universe, and He is doing things His way. You may think you have a better way, but you don’t have a universe to rule.”- J. Vernon McGee

  79. “You’ve got to believe that God is in control of your life. It may be a tough time but you’ve got to believe that God has a reason for it and he’s going to make everything good.”- Joel Osteen

  80. “Today let me reassure you, God knows right where you are and He knows how to get you to where you need to be. Even when things don’t go the way you planned, His hand is on you.”- Victoria Osteen

  81. “You may be leading, then you might be at the back of the pack trying to work your way up. It’s just a constant reminder not to give up, and to know that God, in my mind, is really in control.”- Jeff Gordon

  82. “Most of the heroes of Scripture rose to their greatest victories after their worst mistakes. God is in the redemption business, and He testifies of this through the lives of everyone He calls.”- Rick Joyner

  83. “God is mighty. God is caring. God is worthy of praise. God is loving. God is able. God is in control. Nothing takes God by surprise. Some sweet reminders to soak in before falling asleep tonight.”- Lysa TerKeurst

  84. “Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be all right, and the determined choice to praise God in all things.”- Kay Warren

  85. “When he says we’re forgiven, let’s unload the guilt. When he says we’re valuable, let’s believe him. . . . When he says we’re provided for, let’s stop worrying. God’s efforts are strongest when our efforts are useless.”- Max Lucado

  86. “Many of us rely on our own illusion of control. But when God makes it known to you that you’re not the one steering the ship, be thankful. He has removed the illusion, and forced you to rely only on Him.”- Yasmin Mogahed

  87. “When you accept the fact that sometimes seasons are dry and times are hard and that God is in control of both, you will discover a sense of divine refuge, because the hope then is in God and not in yourself.”- Charles R. Swindoll

  88. “God knows your value; He sees your potential. You may not understand everything you are going through right now. But hold your head up high, knowing that God is in control and he has a great plan and purpose for your life.”- Joel Osteen

  89. “If God is the Creator of the entire universe, then it must follow that He is the Lord of the whole universe. No part of the world is outside of His lordship. That means that no part of my life must be outside of His lordship.”- R. C. Sproul

  90. “The most important lesson that I have learned is to trust God in every circumstance. Lots of times we go through different trials and following God’s plan seems like it doesn’t make any sense at all. God is always in control and he will never leave us.”- Allyson Felix

  91. “We know that God is in control and we all have ups and downs and fears and uncertainty sometimes. Sometimes even on an hourly basis we need to keep praying and keep our peace in God and remind ourselves on the promises of God that never fails.”- Nick Vujicic

  92. “Over commitment in business is usually due to a lack of faith, which results in fear – specifically, the fear of failure. But if we really believe God is in control, then we also should believe He’s able to make us successful while we are keeping our lives in balance.”- Larry Burkett

  93. “If you take care of yourself and walk with integrity, you may be confident that God will deal with those who sin against you. Above all, don’t give birth to sin yourself, rather, pray for those who persecute you. God will one day turn your persecution into praise.”- Warren W. Wiersbe

  94. “Believe steadfastly on Him and everything that challenges you will strengthen your faith. There is continual testing in the life of faith up to the point of our physical death, which is the last great test. Faith is absolute trust in God-trust that could never imagine that He would forsake us.”- Oswald Chambers

  95. “And when night comes, and you look back over the day and see how fragmentary everything has been, and how much you planned that has gone undone, and all the reasons you have to be embarrassed and ashamed: just take everything exactly as it is, put it in God’s hands and leave it with Him.”- Edith Stein

  96. “Many times in my life when things were not going as I had planned, I would try to take control and fix it. The harder I tried to fix things the harder the situation or the stress from situation became. As I learned to trust that God had the best solution, my life became much more peaceful and I was able to get through problems much quicker.” – Dan Ellis

  97. “Just when all seems to be going right, challenges often come in multiple doses applied simultaneously. When those trials are not consequences of your disobedience, they are evidence that the Lord feels you are prepared to grow more. He therefore gives you experiences that stimulate growth, understanding, and compassion which polish you for your everlasting benefit.”- Richard G. Scott

  98. “I surrender my anxiety and my sense of urgency. I allow God to guide me in the pacing of my life. I open my heart to God’s timing. I release my deadlines, agendas, and stridency to the gentle yet often swift pacing of God. As I open my heart to God’s unfoldings, my heart attains peace. As I relax into God’s timing, my heart contains comfort. As I allow God to set the tone and schedule of my days, I find myself in the right time and place, open and available to God’s opportunities.”- Julia Cameron

  99. “There is nothing–no circumstance, no trouble, no testing–that can ever touch me until, first of all, it has gone past God and past Christ right through to me. If it has come that far, it has come with a great purpose, which I may not understand at the moment. But as I refuse to become panicky, as I lift up my eyes to Him and accept it as coming from the throne of God for some great purpose of blessing to my own heart, no sorrow will ever disturb me, no circumstance will cause me to fret, for I shall rest in the joy of what my Lord is–that is the rest of victory!”- Alan Redpath

  100. “God is bigger than time, dates, and appointments. He wants you to move through this day with a quiet heart, an inward assurance that He is in control, a peaceful certainty that your life is in His hands, a deep trust in His plan and purposes, and a thankful disposition, toward all that He allows. He wants you to put your faith in Him, not in a timetable. He wants you to wait on Him and wait for Him. In His perfect way He will put everything together, see to every detail… arrange every circumstance… and order every step to bring to pass what He has for you.”- Roy Lessin

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Whether you are Christian, Hindi or you follow any other religion, or an atheist, these wise words of wisdom will surely dawn some light on the powers and grace of the Almighty.

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I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.


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Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you.


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For with God nothing will be impossible.



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The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.



Bible Quote - James 4:8
Come near to God and he will come near to you.



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Be still, and know that I am God!

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Bible Quote - Psalm 51:10
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.



Bible Quote - Psalm 27:1
The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?



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It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.



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Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.



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This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.



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I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go.



Bible Quote - Romans 12:2
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.



Bible Quote - Matthew 11:28
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdended, and I will give you rest.



Bible Quote - Galations 5:22-23
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.



Bible Quote - Colossians 3:2
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.



Bible Quote - 1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.



Bible Quote - Philippians 4:4
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!



Bible Quote - 1 John 1:5
God is Light; in him there is no darkness at all.



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He has made everything beautiful in its own time.


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