For years I’ve been such a control-freak and I’ve written about it openly in past blog posts. If our world has shown me anything lately it’s that I’m learning I have little control over much.
Sure I can control my choices, my attitude and my response, but apart from that I have no say.
He is fully prepared. All-knowing. Powerful. The perfecter of control.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, ‘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.’
The real truth is that ultimately God has and is in control over every single little detail and part of life, and I’m actually finding such peace in seeing that I have control over very few things. Trying to take control of “things” or areas of life is exhausting. The sobering part of this is that in realizing I have minimal control, it’s forcing me to rely heavily on Jesus — knowing, trusting and believing that He has got absolutely everything in His hands, and in His care and His perfect control.
I’ve had a lot of people tell me lately that they’re living in fear, and I (myself) just haven’t been. But I think it’s because I’ve been drawing my strength from the Lord by reading His word and through prayer and reading devotions. I’m certainly frustrated by the circumstances of our world but it’s not causing me fear or anxiety.￼
It may seem like God is dragging His feet during these times but scripture shows that God’s not worried about time. His “concern” is that we surrender and become obedient. It’s not our right to groan about His timing. He’s been faithful throughout Bible history, He has in the years since and will continue to.
When we become impatient regarding God’s timing we can hold onto these scriptures:
Psalm 90:4 ‘For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours.’
Hebrews 13:8 ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.￼’
Romans 8:28 ‘And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.’
If there is change happening, it’s within us — God is simply unchanging and He is faithful.
For a recovering control-freak all of these scripture-truths are good news as I lean into my faith — trusting in God’s flawless plans more than ever.
May any changing happening be for the better, drawing us nearer to Him.