Who’s in Control?

We all struggle with control issues – some more than others. We try so hard to tell ourselves that we know what we are doing; that we know what’s best for us; that as long as we don’t let go and let someone else call the shots then life will be just fine.  There is only problem with this… God has made us so that when He is in control of our lives we find our true purpose and meaning. All else leads to struggle, pain and trials.  We learn so stubbornly that we are not very good at controlling our lives. It’s not until we surrender all to His authority that we find the freedom that Christ has planned for us.

I wonder as I reflect on the past 38 years of life if I have ever really had a moment of letting go. Sure I love the Lord. Sure I have served Him in many ways and with true commitment. But have I genuinely laid my life before the Lord with absolutely nothing held back and said, “Lord this is ALL yours, take me as I am and do as you please.” That can be a terrifying thing.  What if the Lord asks me to do something that I really can’t handle?  What if He calls me to a place that will result in isolation and trials? What if He tries my commitment by taking away a loved one?  There are so many questions and doubts that come from such an experience.

My mind turns to Genesis 32 where Jacob wrestled with God.  In verse 26 Jacob says to the man (angel) he is wrestling with, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”  In that struggle and moment of surrender Jacob by faith held tight to the angel and would not let him go.  Jacob had been weakened physically. He had no control over the fight. Yet he understood something so profound and empowering. He recognized that if he was to continue on his journey towards meeting Esau he would need God to lead him. What a moment of freedom for Jacob. He knew that only through God could he have spiritual victory. The outcome was that God not only blessed Jacob there but also helped him mend the bitter feud with Esau.

Who’s in control of your life? Are you? May it be our desire each and every day to surrender our will and authority to Christ and be second to One.  The Lord is the greatest person in the universe. There is none beside Him.  There is none greater that He. And let’s take comfort in knowing that when we surrender everything that we are not doing so at the hands of a vicious tyrant.  Be reminded of Psalm 116:5 “How kind the LORD is! How good He is! So merciful, this God of ours!” We can put our trust in an a loving, caring merciful God who seeks only our best in everything we do. Who filters every decision for our lives though his love and grace.  He truly is second to none!

I’M SECOND TO ONE
REDEEMER, THE WAY, THE LIGHT
I’M SECOND TO ONE
THE SAVIOR, NO COMPROMISE
I’M LAYING EVERYTHING
AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS
MY PRIDE, MY LIFE, MY ALL
I AM SECOND TO ONE
AND HE IS SECOND TO NONE

Newsboys from their CD God is Not Dead

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