How many of you reading this would consider yourself a control freak? You don’t have to raise your hand, but be honest, do you find yourself always seeking after control in every situation? I think our human tendency is to strive for control. Some of us can’t stand it when we are not in control. In fact, we can’t be a passenger in someone’s car because we need to be behind the wheel ourselves sitting at the center of the controls. We believe that we are in control of what happens in our lives, and in a sense we are by the choices we make, but the truth is there is only one person in control and that is God.
Solomon, arguably the wisest man to ever live and the wealthiest man on earth at his time whom would seem to be in control of his life; starts off Proverbs 16 by saying “We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer” (Proverbs 16:1 NLT) and finishes the chapter by concluding “We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.” (Proverbs 16:33 NLT) In other words what Solomon is wanting us to understand is that we can make all the plans, decisions, and choices we want but ultimately God is in control. If Solomon, who at the snap of his fingers could have had someone killed or not, knew that God is in control, why do we believe that we are in control of our lives?
This is a tough concept for us as humans to grasp, because as I said earlier, we strive to be in control. We believe that we are in control of our lives. Jesus tells us in Matthew “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 NLT) When we try to control our lives, we end up being worried and worn out. But when Christ is in control, we find peace and rest. We can’t carry the burden of being in control, but when we release it to God, He can carry us through our circumstances. When we believe that we are in control, it becomes scary when our circumstances and situations cause chaos in our lives. But when we believe that God is in control and that He only wants the best for us, we can find peace amidst the storms because we know as Paul said “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (Philippians 1:6 NLT)
So are you striving for control or are you resting in the peace that comes from God being in control? Does the chaos is life cause you to worry or are you confident that God will bring you through the storm?