Why Doesn’t God Control People?

The following question was received:

“…if God has [the] power to control the natural things such as wind and sea waves why can’t he control the human brain and make it function properly in a peaceful manner?”



Your question indicates that God has the power to control natural things, such as the wind and the sea. And, of course, you are right, for God created these things. If God then created men and women as well, why does he not appear to have control over them? Ah, that is an illusion! God, in fact, does have complete control over them. Let’s examine one Bible passage that makes this very clear:

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

God, then, can do anything he wants. He can control the human heart. But the question is, “Is it always best that God do this?” The answer to this question is unquestionably, “No”. God does not want to control us like robots. We were created to be blessed through a wonderful relationship with him. We cannot do that if we are being controlled. That relationship must exist through a genuine response from us that exists without any outside “force” being added to it. Of course, like the friend that he is, God can “lead us” in the right direction. He can “prod” us, if you will (point us in the right direction). He can sometimes “tug” at our hearts so that we become obedient, and faithful, towards him. But, in the end, as it is said, “God is the perfect gentleman”, meaning that he will never force us to love him, or to enter into a meaningful, eternal, relationship with him! That is ultimately up to us!

Have you yet put your faith in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of your sins? That is a decision that you alone must make. Perhaps you have felt God tugging at your heart, or “prodding” you in that direction. But, ultimately, like the perfect gentleman that he is, God will never force you into that relationship. You must make that decision for yourself.

Now here, too, is something else to consider. If God were to control everything, where would the accountablity be? But the Bible declares that we are all accountable for what we do, and, one day, we will all have to stand before Jesus Christ — the righteous judge of all the earth — who will one day render judgment on us. If, for example, we have trusted in Christ for the forgiveness of our sins, then God will accept us, though he may still not accept all of our works (they will be “burned up in the fire” as it were). But if we have not come to that place where we have begun to trust Christ for the forgiveness of our sins, then God will not even accept us at all. We will be rejected on account of the fact we have not trusted in Christ for the forgiveness of our sins. Our works, therefore, will act as a judge against us. Not even any of the good things that we have done will be able to save us, on account of this one sin which outweighs them all: We have not believed that Jesus Christ is who he said he is: The Son of God, risen from the dead, with the power to raise us up on the last day.

I urge you, therefore, if you have not begun to trust in Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, that you do so today, and without delay!

Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. He who believes in him is not condemned; he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” (John 3:16-18)

Jesus said, “For this is the will of my Father, that every one who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:40)

Jesus said, “He who rejects me and does not receive my sayings has a judge; the word that I have spoken will be his judge on the last day.” (John 12:48)