Afterward I kept going over in my mind how I could have handled the situation differently. She was totally wrong and didn't know it. Of course, I wouldn't have told her that in quite that way. And unfortunately I will never have the chance to try again. But at least I can tell the world from my little and obscure blog what I now think I should have said.
So, this morning I opened my tablet that I keep with my bible and wrote "Proof that God rules the World". Then I leafed through the pages to the concordance at the back. I didn't need reassurance; I wanted something to say next time someone told me that "the bible never says God rules the world".
I was looking for a specific verse that said it all. But what I soon realized was:
The whole bible is a testimony to the sovereignty God!
In other words, every verse, every event spoken of in the bible is an example of God's supreme involvement in the lives of humans. Even the events where man has failed or tragedy strikes.
Want some proof?
In 1 Samuel the writer says that God anointed Saul king. Assuming the reality of God's existence is already established, here is evidence that God moves in the world of humans. He cares about who rules us and how. If He wasn't the ruler of this world then how would He have the authority to appoint an earthly ruler over us (or in this case, the Israelites)?
Then, in Daniel 2, Daniel is interpreting one of King Nebuchadnezzar's dreams. He explicitly tells him that he is king through the power of God. If God hadn't wanted Nebuchadnezzar (easy to say, huh?) to be king then he would never had been made king. A wonderful example of God moving in the lives of unbelievers, even when they aren't aware. Another example of this would be Pharoah in Exodus.
And then there's Genesis where we find the account of creation, the first humans, the great flood, God's everlasting covenant with His people, etc.
Adam and Eve talked and walked with God, but when they deliberately did what He said not to, they had to pay the consequences. He put them out of His garden and we have all been suffering since. Thank God that's not the last word.
Abraham, a nomad, wandering with no place to call home, but now his descendants can be found worldwide even today. All because He acknowledged that God was sovereign, the ruler of all.
All of these accounts are nothing if God is not sovereign. Clearly, God is the ruler of this world and all creation. All you have to do is open the bible and read. I wonder if the woman (the one at our door) ever did that. A good way to turn the tables would be to ask her if she could prove that with a bible in hand instead of her pamphlet.
Consequently, I did locate a verse (not that its the only one) that proves God's supremacy. Colossians 1:15-18 (this is truly an amazing piece of scripture):
"He [Jesus Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all
creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence." (Emphasis mine)
Wrap your noggin around that and tell me what you think.