Out of control

I have all the symptoms of a control freak.

I plan things to the nth degree. I worry when things don’t go as I anticipated. I’m surprised by the unexpected.

As a believer, I realize that I need to hand things over to God and trust him when I have done all I can.

This week I have been reflecting on the truth that nothing surprises God. He is working out his plan and everything is under his control.

So, I may feel everything is out of control. But it isn’t in God’s eyes.

I was reading an article about the prophet Habakkuk a couple of days. Habakkuk begins his prophecy by complaining to God that the Lord isn’t paying attention to the suffering of the Israelites.

Habakkuk is appalled as God replies that the Babylonians will sweep over other countries and destroy everything in their path.

“Surely you do not plan to wipe us out?” Habakkuk cries out.

God replies that he will bring judgement on Babylon, a bloodthirsty and arrogant nation.

And Habakkuk responds by saying that even if everything goes wrong in the world around him, “yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Saviour” (Habakkuk 3:18). “The Sovereign Lord is my strength,” he declares.

I am reminded, too, of Elisha’ servant who was terrified at the sight of a vast army of Arameans surrounding the city of Dothan in Israel (2 Kings 6).

He tells Elisha who replies: “Don’t be afraid. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

And he asks God to open the eyes of his servant. The servant sees a vast angelic army ranged against the enemy – unseen to the Arameans. Elisha asks that the Arameans be struck blind and they are led right into the hands of the Israelites.

The lesson for me is that God knows better than I do what is going on in the world around me. He is in control.

As God says in Isaiah 55:9: “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

I need to remember that.

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