From giving Him my all to giving up control, join me this week as I share some things God has been teaching me lately.
Who has Control?“Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me. Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish.” Isaiah 46:9-10, NLT
One of the battles I face as I try to live in relationship with Jesus is the concept of control. As much as I want to depend on Jesus, the illusion that I’m in control sneaks back into my life. I live like the responsibility lies on my shoulders. What if I make the wrong decision? What if I go the wrong direction? What if I step outside of God’s will?
It’s exhausting to believe it’s all up to me. And it puts me in the center—instead of God.
One of my favorite devotional books is My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. Chambers doesn’t mince words, and his words often challenge my comfortable, Christian life. Chambers points out that God is in control of everything, and we must develop an attitude of trust and rest.
“Nothing happens in any particular unless God’s will is behind it, therefore you can rest in perfect confidence in Him.” –Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9, NIV
It’s difficult for me to remove myself from the equation and “rest in perfect confidence” in Jesus. I want to believe that God is in control—even when I make mistakes. I must believe He is sovereign, regardless of my missteps. Otherwise, I make God too small.
God is the One in control. I can run around each day with a fretting and anxious heart trying to make the right decisions, or I can choose to rest in the confidence Scripture gives me.
He is faithful. He is big enough to redeem all things. He is worthy of my trust.
It’s about Him, not me. And even when I fail to trust Him, His sovereign plan is never in question.
Father, keep teaching us about You. Remind us that we are safe in Your capable hands. You are sovereign.
Humbly learning these lessons,