Control

Proverbs 21:30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.”

There is something in us that desires to have control. Control of the situation. Power over the people in our life. Control of the outcome. Some go to the extreme, abusing their position to have control of what will come about in their life.

These situations and circumstances are most often driven by fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of being hurt or wounded deeply. Fear of loss, whether relational, emotional, physical, or financial. That very fear directly opposes how God, our Heavenly Father, would have us live. 

Romans 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.”

That is quite a sweeping statement. “…whatsoever is not of faith is sin.”

God is very specific about this matter of faith. We try to justify the matter in which we would like to live out our life and gain some semblance of control. Proverbs tells us twice:

Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

We can talk ourselves into just about anything. Yet, we must check it against scripture. As a child of God, we are commanded:

Hebrews 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.”

Further meditation would bring us to the conclusion that without faith, I cannot be or do that which for which I was created. It is our Heavenly Father’s source of pleasure.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

Hebrews 11 is full of examples of those who gave over their lives to trust God for their direction, destination, and purpose. Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Rahab, and so many more who, by faith, allowed God to control the outcome of their lives. 

Over and over, God reassures us that He will take care of us – even if we cannot see our way clear to the end. Our enemy will try to use deception and deceitful ways to dim our vision and cloud our minds from merely putting faith in what God has promised. 

A life without faith becomes a life of bondage. Held by the chains of what we can see, and what we can control brings only heartache, despair, and destruction. We will live for the next moment we create that seems to satisfy us with comfort or happiness. 

A person that desires control will try to manufacture happiness by controlling the situation, circumstances, and the people in them to bring about what they feel will satisfy only to find that the moment and emotion is fleeting.

Many will live moment by moment, trying to be satisfied with those peaks and valleys; those who cannot often turn to some means of escape. Excessive, obsessive, and addictive behavior to again manufacture the control that so desperately eludes us. 

A life of faith will not be without its trials and tribulation. We can enjoy peace, joy, love, and rest in the comfort that God is in control. We must be able to give over the power of our lives to the One who created us for His pleasure.

Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

Our enemy tries to control us as well. He uses our ignorance and fear to hold us bound to sin and blinds us to the truth that ultimately sets us free. 

John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Our relationship with Jesus, who is the Truth, is what will set us free. 

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Whatever it is that we are holding to, or allowing to control us must be laid at Jesus’ feet. Though the bonds may seem strong, there is none stronger than God. God will not ask us to do that which is impossible. He asks that we trust that which cannot see or do not understand. 

That way, our faith comes alive daily. 

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