30 Control

Most of us like control.  We would like to have power over our circumstances.  We want what we want when we want it.  We want things done the way we think they should be done.

Though, if we think about it, we have to admit that we do not have control.  Thinking we can be in control involves self-deception and denial.  “Control is an illusion.”  Have you ever made plans that did not come to fruition?

The illusion of control flows from our self-idealism.  Self-idealism and control are forms of self idolatry.  We start to live as if we are God and have total control over our own lives.  Do we really want total control over our lives?  Over the lives of those whom we love?  What happens in a relationship when two people both want total control?  What does real love look like?

When we seek to manipulate others around us, we are trying to control our world.  Coercion and Gossip are two ways we can try to manipulate our surroundings.  Prayer can also be an attempt to manipulate.  We want to control others, yes.  When we begin thinking we can control God, we take ourselves out from under His protection, which is scary.  We need, in humility, to remember that God is sovereign.  He can answer our prayers with, “Yes”.  He may choose to ask us to wait in response to our requests.  He might even give us a decided “No”.  Ponder John 14-17 as a way to inform you in your prayers and how to love.

“God blesses those who are gentle and lowly, for the whole earth will belong to them.”  Matthew 5:5, NLT

Submit yourselves, then, to God.  James 4:7

When life circumstances lead us to feel out of control our fears provoke us to grasp for control.  “Cast all your anxiety on Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)  When we feel out of control, we need to remember that God is still in control and in control for our good.  He has plans for us that will never fail.

The Lord will work out His plans for my life–for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever.  Psalm 138:8, NLT

Receiving His faithful love,

Noah Woodrich (and Marguex)

WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching Hospitality Mercy Encouragement

     Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; reflecting the light we have received                                    so that others can better see.  Prayers needed.

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