Is God in Control?
Do you ever have trouble letting others do things for you? In my messed up state, I know that I have issues with others doing things for me because I feel like I have to have everything in my life under control.
I can remember when Zachary was two years old and he begin to say the famous words, “I do it!”. I would try and help him with building blocks and he would say, “I do it.” I would try and help him get up in his high chair and he would say, “I do it”. I would want him to walk with me holding his hand in the store and he would look at me and say, “You do it”. He would want me to carry him. Okay, everything was not about him when he was growing up.
I thought about that when some folks have asked me if I needed help, “I do it!” Some have said they would come along beside me and my actions screamed, “I do it!” Yes, I know I am still a mess. Sometimes I have even read in God’s Word about turning things over to Him, but I still say, “I do it”. I have to learn to let God fight my battles. I am realizing, hard though it may be, to turn things over to the Savior.
In 2 Chronicles 20:17 God says something to Jehoshaphat, “But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!” Through this passage we need to be reminded of something: The battle is not yours; it’s not mine. You do not have to fight it.
In other words, it’s God’s problem and we should let Him solve it. How are you doing with that? The minute that we resign as the General Manager of the Universe we will realize that it does not fall apart. We can relax and rest in faith, trusting that God can run things without our help.
Can we not ask ourselves, “Has God ever lost a battle?” The answer would be, No. He does not lose. The passage in 2 Chronicles tells us to not be afraid and to not be discouraged. God told Jehoshaphat to stand firm, what does that mean? It means to have a mental attitude of quiet confidence.
Stand firm on what? We can stand on the character of God and the truth of His Word. God is faithful and His Word is truth. He will not lead you out on a limb and then cut the limb of the tree off. You can count on all the promises of God.
The fact is if we are God’s child, then you are His problem and your problems are His problems. I have decided that He is much better at figuring out and solving my problems. Our job is to totally trust in Him. You know, as I was thinking today, it may explain my tiredness and fatigue because I think everything depends on me.
When I crucify myself and lay my pride down I realize that I am healthier and happier as a Christian. How about you? Do you need to let the Lord become General Manager of your life today? I can tell you that He does a whole lot better at running things than I do.
Remember to today, if we allow Him to lead our lives then fear and discouragement will be diminished. I am going to let Him be in control because He does a better job running my life than I do.