Beyond Control and Comfortable With It

I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. Ecclesiastes 9:11

I heard a woman on the radio sharing advice a grief counselor had given her. She sought help because her daughter was very sick. The counselor told her she and her daughter weren’t special. These things happen to everybody.

As strange as it may sound, the woman took great comfort from this. She could relax and realize she didn’t have to take control of the situation.

This is a good lesson for Christians as well. After all, stuff happens. We live in a sick, fallen, sin cursed world, thanks to the events in Genesis 3. We can’t possibly control everything that happens to us.

But God is sovereign. He knows what we go through. He’s there when we go through it. He allows many things to happen which we wouldn’t expect.

Imagine you’re taking a bus ride. The driver is fully qualified to do what he does, but he may take the bus through a route you wouldn’t expect. You’re not familiar with it. You may not like it. But everyone on the bus is going through it with you. Eventually, you’ll get to your destination. So relax and let the driver do what he’s best at.

The same is true of our walk with God. Relax. Don’t try to control everything. Let Him do the driving. One day you’ll reach your intended destination, and He will make everything all right.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7

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