Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in You. – Psalm 84:12
I struggle with my desire to control my destiny sometimes. It’s because I know that I am not in control of my life. As much as I want to be I am just frankly not. I cannot control whether or not I will get cancer or contract some foreign disease that would end my life. I can take preventive measures sure and for things like that it may even be effective but it is not perfect. We flew Ebola patients back to the United States and some folks even contracted that despite the precautions and training they went through. Life is the same way in that we can prevent most day to day threats to our physical selves but we can also prevent the challenges that our spirit may face. Our chances of success in the spirit comes down to how we have prepared ourselves for that challenge. Do we crack and give in? Or do we put it in to greater hands and let God do the work on us and on the challenge we face? Guess which strategy has a better chance of success?
Is God really in control?
He is and as a Christian it is part of why you believe in Him. God is sovereign in our lives which means he has supreme power or authority over all the things. Jesus showed this in his rebuke of the apostles while on the Sea of Galilee. He calmed the storm effortlessly with authority and then reprimanded the apostles for lacking in faith. The apostles had just witnessed prior to this the power of God to command demons from a man in Gerasenes (Mark 5:1-20). It wasn’t the first or the last miracle of Jesus and yet his closest followers doubted him. It is like that with me too, I’ve been blessed with a wonderful woman, two children and a zoo of animals. I have amazing parents and (mostly) loving siblings. My friends are few but important to me. I have good health and the bills are paid. Yes, some of that is my doing I am going to work every day and I am reaching out to those friends but it is all part of the love that God has instilled in me. I don’t have Jesus in the flesh before me showing me miracles of God but I have been at the bottom of the mountain that is depression and through Him I have clawed my way to the peak and beyond. It has no hold on me!
Is God in control all the time?
Absolutely, your proof is in the book you read. The Bible shows the power that God commands over all things. Not just because versus tell us but because of what happened within those pages. The Bible is God’s plans put to paper through those he moved to write the books within it. It’s easy to doubt this and think the enemy has control of us but he never really does. Job a man who was a devout believer of God was tested in ways no one would wish to be tested but God did not give Satan control of Job. Satan was allowed to do some things to Job but God told him there was a limit to what could be done (Job 1:6-22) and Satan had no power to do more than he did. When I think I have control over things and for some unwise reason try to put it before God it is my doubt that causes the problem. I doubt that God can do it better than me. I’m always wrong and when I finally listen to Him, everything works out.
How can you accept that God is in control all the time?
I think that building your relationship with God is the only way you are going to come to this relationship. It’s part of why I do this. I peel off the armor that men put on for the real world and expose my beliefs and failures to believe to the world. When the enemy comes whispering (Matthew 4:1-11) we should combat him just as Jesus did in the wilderness. Pray, pray, and pray some more. Gordon B. Hinckley said it well, “If life gets too hard to stand, kneel.”
God really is in control as hard as it can be to accept but it is far easier to understand the depth of his control if I know Him as well as I can in this life. That requires devotion and a desire to please Him as I know him more. Letting go of control and realizing you are not putting control back in to Gods hands because he has always had it is an extremely humbling experience. Here is this unfathomable being who knows the number of stars in the sky and the count of the hair upon my head and yet I, insignificant in some ways, try to get control from Him. Even so, I am cherished and while God may have control of my life I am also counted among His treasured children.