So often my mind runs wild with the “what if’s” in life and I so often struggle with the desire to have control in all aspects in life. I have a feeling that i’m not alone in this, so what’s the problem? The problem is that we live in an unpredictable world with so many unknown variables. The thing is, we are not in control at all, not in the least, but I know someone who is in control of ALL things and His name is Jesus. So, instead of worrying about the unknown or getting upset about things that are out of my control I want to learn to rest in God’s good, perfect will for me and for my family. I want to be resting so fully in His will for me that no matter what is thrown my way I am able to say, “The Lord’s will be done, for His glory and honor always.”
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
“For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”
“ Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
“For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”
“For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.”
I believe resting in God’s will goes hand in hand with having joy that is unconditional (well obviously we aren’t perfect,but near unconditional joy). You see, if we are resting fully in God and His will for us we can then find joy in all circumstance because we know that He works all things for the good of His children according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 says so: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
So, why not let go of our want and desire for control and give it all back to God. After all, He has our best interest at heart and NOTHING ever happens outside of the will of God. I love that my God is so sovereign and that He reigns over all things , but more than that I love that He is so personal. He wants to have a relationship, He wants us to come to Him for everything, and He wants us to rest in Him and the plans He has for us.
What areas do you struggle to give control over to God? Do you think you can do a better job than He could in that area?
I would challenge us to ask these questions when we notice ourselves wanting to take control. I really think it will turn our focus (it has already done so for me in a certain area of my life) back on God and that His sovereign, perfect plan for us is far better than anything we could dream up on our own.