ACTS International
Home Page of ACTS International
Home Page of ACTS InternationalHow to Find and Know God without having to be religiousLife Help Articles dealing with faith, family, and practical helps for purposeful livingDaily and Weekend Encounters with more than a third-of-a-million worldwide subscribersSupport the Work of ACTS International a not-for-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible for U.S. donorsCurrent report on the ministries and services of ACTS InternationalOnline Store of ACTS ... ACTS CommunicationsAbout ACTS International
ACTS International Home Page Click here for the current issue of  Daily Encounter
Tell a Friend Site Map Share and/or Bookmark
Articles > About Faith: > Who's Running the World Anyway?

Who's Running the World Anyway?

Have you ever wondered why God allows so much suffering, sorrow, crises, and tragedy in the world?

Counselor Cecil Osborne asked the question, "Who's running the world anyway?" and tells of a time when he was driving with an associate and shared, "On the way I was venting my grief and anger over some senseless tragedy I had just been hearing about in a counseling session. I said, 'I could design a better world than this on the back of an envelope with the stub of a pencil!' Then, for the first and only time in my life, I heard a quiet, non-judgmental inner voice, about the way I'd expect Jesus to sound, it said, 'Why don't you?' I laughed. I had my answer. We're in charge here, not God!

"God isn't running this world, we are. He turned it over to Adam (and to you and me and the rest of the human race), and said in effect, 'Take it and run it. Have dominion over it. It's all yours. I'll be available for fellowship, ready to give guidance, when you are receptive.'"

"Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.'"1

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to accept my responsibility as one of your servants here on earth and be a part of the plan you have for the world today. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Genesis 1:26 (NIV).


All articles on this website are written by
Richard (Dick) Innes unless otherwise stated.

    Back to Return to previous page Previous Page    
Site Map   Top
Find Peace With God footer
About God
About Faith
Ask the Teacher
Better Living Tips
Words of Love
Words of Inspiration
People Power for Jesus
Simple and Effective Witnessing for Christ

Spanish Espanol
French Francois

Daily Encounter
Weekend Encounter
Encuentros Diarios
When God Is Silent
Prayer Partners

Special Needs

Helps and Studies
Today's Reading
Annual Reading

Today's Quotes
Happiness Test
Stress Test


ACTS Websites
ACTS in Action Report


Syndicate ACTS Articles
"I Hate Witnessing"
   Audio—No Charge

Opening Closed Minds
Effective Communications
Jesus, the Communicator
Punching Holes in
   the Darkness

About ACTS
Be an ACTS Friend

People Power Invite
Privacy Policy
Snail-Mail List
Contact Us/Feedback

Online Bookstore

Site Map
Report problems to ACTS International
All pages in this site © Copyright 2005-2019 by ACTS International
P.O. Box 73545, San Clemente, CA 92673 U.S.A.
HOME   Daily Encounter  Find Peace With God