I Give You Control

Many would wager that money is the most sought-after commodity, but I would argue that is incorrect. Money is often merely a stepping stone to something greater: power. As human beings, we long to be in control. Indeed, some people have such a strong thirst for power that they are willing to do whatever it takes to possess it, including wiping out entire people groups. For the vast majority of us, however, we are content as long as we feel like we are able to maintain some level of control over our own lives.

 There’s only one problem.

 We are not in control of our lives, nor will we ever be. Daniel 2:21 says:

 

“He [God] controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars.” (NLT; words in brackets mine)

 

Nothing that has ever occurred, is currently occurring, or ever will occur, falls outside of God’s plan. He is in 100% control, 100% of the time. J. Vernon McGee says, “This is God’s universe and He does things His way. You may have a better way, but you don’t have a universe.”

We can either accept that and live meaningful lives in line with His holy and perfect will, or we can spend our entire time here on this earth wrestling against a sovereign God (a battle we’re guaranteed to lose… just ask Jacob/Israel), and accomplish nothing. The choice is ours. I would caution you, however, that to choose the latter may very well result in serious consequences.

You see, we were not created or designed to bear the weight of this world on our shoulders, and when we attempt to do so, we suffer physically, mentally, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. Continuous stress results in unhappiness and a lack of satisfaction. Our bodies become worn. Our relationships become strained. We lose our appetite. We struggle to sleep. It becomes increasingly difficult to keep our thoughts straight. Think I’m exaggerating? My past self would probably have agreed with you, but I am becoming more and more aware of the toll undealt with stress can take on even daily life.

About a year ago, my jaw started acting a little funny. I began to feel it click whenever I was chewing, and occasionally I would even struggle to open my mouth fully. Obviously, I was concerned. I scheduled a doctor’s appointment and, much to my relief, I discovered that my condition was quite common and nothing to be too concerned about. Its primary cause? Stress. The cause of my stress? A “need” to be in control.

We spend so much time trying to control our lives when it’s actually in our best interest that we are not in control. Can you imagine what this world would look like if it was under the rule of any sinful human? It’s a scary picture. Thankfully, however, we’re not trusting our future to just any person, being, or even just any god. We’re placing our lives in the hands of the Creator of the universe, our Lord, and our Father.

 I love the way the band Tenth Avenue North captures this concept of surrender in their song, “Control”. Below are a few of the lyrics.

 

“God, You don’t need me, but somehow You want me.

Oh, how You love me, somehow that frees me

To take my hands off of my life and the way it should go.

Oh, God, You don’t need me, but somehow You want me.

Oh, how You love me, somehow that frees me

To open my hands up and give You control.

I give You control.”

 

 It is my prayer that this song would describe me… that it would describe you. It’s high time we stop fighting God for control of our lives. Let’s surrender the reigns of our hearts. Let’s give Him control.

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