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  • Writer's pictureJanean Tinsley

I’m In Control…Right?

It’s hard to believe that it’s already nearing the end of March! Time seems to speed by quicker each year. And with each passing year, I find that I am less and less in control of my life. Actually, to be honest, I am discovering that I was never really in control in the first place. Ugh! What’s worse is that I will never be in control. In fact, God will never allow us to have control, certainty or clarity. Never!

That can be a really frightening statement for many people. We like to keep our lives all managed within this neat little package. But then something comes along that throws us for a loop and we fall into anxiety and panic because we begin to see just how fragile our little world really is. The fact is, none of us have control over the things that happen to us. It could be a sickness or death. It could be loss of a job or house fire. So many things can shake up our “best laid plans.” In actuality, if we take the Word to heart, we would understand that control is not ours to have.

In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, it reads:

Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price.

Wow! What a concept. I rather like the idea of not having to control every aspect of my life. Wearing the world on my shoulders can become a tedious task. Anyone agree?

God is just waiting for us to acknowledge that He is in control. Once we do, the anxiety and panic will cease to be a part of our lives. As humans, we tend to think that we know what is best for us. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Remember what Luke 18:27 promises –

With God, all things are possible!

It doesn’t say that some things are possible, as long as we humans do the controlling. It says that ALL things are possible with God! I take that to mean that we are ultimately in control of our responses to situations but God provides the roadmap to dealing with anything that comes your way. He wants you to invite Him to the daily situations that might be causing stress or joy. Matthew 6:33 says:

Seek first the kingdom of God, and all these other things will fall into place.

Read that again. Did you see the word “all”? Finally, a guarantee in life beyond death and taxes! You can have comfort that ONLY comes from the growing confidence in God’s promises. I guarantee that if you fully rely on God, you will not be disappointed. Things may not be happening at the rate you want them to happen. They may not be happening in the way that you would have planned them. But, if it comes down to my way or God’s way — I know which one I have more faith in!

Lord, letting go and letting God is an easy thing to say but not an easy thing to do. Please forgive me for thinking I know more than you. I ask you to help me by taking these burdens of control from me and helping me to follow your lead in all things. Amen.

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