Giving Up Control

How many of you have control over your lives right now? Trying to keep everything in our control feels like swimming across the Atlantic with weights tied around our ankles.  We live in a society where its all about who can get to the finish line first with the most tasks on their plate. Sometimes we struggle just to find some breathing room in our day-to-day lives. When we are so busy trying to keep things under control we forget the one who is in control of everything. Isaiah 40:12-14 reminds us of God’s control over the universe and keeps us grounded in his loving care for us.

“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?”

Wow what a verse! Can you imagine a God who can measure all the waters in the palm of His hand or carry the dirt of the Earth in a basket? Our God can measure even the highest, and tallest mountains with a bathroom scale. You see, Isaiah purposefully writes about the impossible fears that only our God can make possible, to show us His ultimate control over the universe. So how much more does God have control over our circumstance and situations?

“Who can fathom the Spirit of the Lord, or instruct the Lord as his counselor?”

When we convince ourselves that we have ultimate control over our own lives we are basically calling God a liar. By choosing to handle heavy burdens and busy tasks without God in our lives we are saying: “God, I know more about this then you do.” We tend to push God out the picture because we feel like we’re smarter then God. And the question I have to ask myself sometimes is: “How is that working for you?” God doesn’t need our help to keep the law of gravity from slipping up, but we are in desperate need control in our lives. Who better to call on then God?

“Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge, or showed him the path of understanding?”

Busy people who don’t trust in God’s control are confused people. Confused about their purpose, confused about their future, confused about their lives. When we choose to trust in God’s loving care for us and give up control, we are able to understand the confused parts of our lives through Him. That’s why Jesus Christ died for us once and for all, so we can have a relationship with God through His sacrificial love for us. Trusting in God isn’t easy, but it is life-changing.

Do you feel overwhelmed with trying to keep everything under control? How can you invite God into your busy life? Spend some time this week listing out areas in your busy schedule and give them up to God. Who better to trust then the Creator of the Universe?

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