Being in control is so appealing to humans. We like it, because when we’re in control, things are going our way. But even when we think we’re in control, we really aren’t. And when we think we are, but really aren’t, that’s when things will normally go out on a sour note and we get frustrated, upset, and discouraged.
I’ve learned that I don’t want to be in control, really. When things seem to be going my way and I feel I have control, that’s when things always go downhill.
I am praying lately that, come what may, I will remain strong always and ever faithful, and that I will trust in God, who really is the One in control, and just take what is handed to me. I’ve been so very blessed and have no reason to fret, but sometimes it’s times like these that make us go, “Hey, life is so grand right now! Everything is going just the way I like it!” and then we forget Who it was that blessed us with all this beauty, and just quit thinking of Him. …Until, that is, something goes wrong, and then we suddenly need God again and wonder where He’s been all this time. Well, um, He’s not the One who moved! If we feel far away from Him, it’s simply because we stepped away from His loving arms. (“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8a)
This morning I opened up my Bible to dig for some helpful verses along these lines, and the first verse I saw said that “without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). Wow. So, when I have faith in myself rather than in God, I am not pleasing Him.
I once again turned the pages in my Bible and the next passage I opened up to was Isaiah 51. Verses 12 and 13 say, “I, even I, am He who comforts you. Who are you… that you have forgotten the LORD your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth, that you fear continually all day long…?” Ouch. Once again, that hit the nail right on the head. I must never, ever forget my Maker! He never leaves me, so I have nothing to fear or fret over and absolutely no reason to worry.
God warned the Israelites about forgetting Him, and promised just consequences if they did not remember Him: “But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. It shall come about if you ever forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I testify against you today that you will surely perish.” (Deuteronomy 8:18-19)
In the middle of writing this article, I had to leave for a singing and Bible study with a group of Christians from the area. The passage that was talked about tonight was the rich farmer/rich fool mentioned in Luke chapter 12, who stored up his treasures here on earth instead of in heaven. One lesson we can take from this parable is that we ought to remember God not only in our times of dire need, but also in our times of plenty, when we have what we need, what we wanted. Just because things are going just right does not give us reason at all to forget our Maker, who gave us all our blessings. “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variation or shifting shadow.” (James 1:17) “It is the blessing of the LORD that makes rich, and He adds no sorrow to it.” (Proverbs 10:22)
As long as we remember Him, and stay committed to Him, He promises to never leave us, and to light the path which we should take.
“Commit your works to the LORD and your plans will be established.” (Proverbs 16:3)
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7)
Aren’t you thankful He’s the One in control, and not us? Aren’t you grateful He will always supply for our needs? Come what may, He is forever here with us.
We owe Him our thanks and praise always, and we shouldn’t only turn to Him when we are in desperate need. “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (2 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
We need to always remember that we truly need Him to be in control, and be accepting of it, even when things don’t seem to be going our way. “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling.” (Proverbs 16:18)
Our fleshly desires and plans just need to be put on the back burner, because His desires and plans for us are so much better in the long run. He sees the full picture, whereas we can only see what has already been and what is happening at this very moment. “If you don’t surrender to Christ, you surrender to chaos. You’re free to choose what you surrender to, but you’re not free from the consequences of that choice.”
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.’ “ (Matthew 16:24)
We must remember our need for our Maker through pain and health, rain and shine, sorrow and gladness. He’s not just a Friend for rainy days; He wants to be desired in all our circumstances–the good and the bad.
“I need Thy presence every passing hour. What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r? Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be? Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.”