Give Up...And Let Jesus Take Control!
Isaiah 61:1-3 (King James Version)
1. The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
2. To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
3. To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
Have you ever found yourself on a journey somewhere and you kept finding yourself winding up at the same place over and over? You realize that you've been going in circles over the same terrain time and time again. At this point of realization you have three choices: Keep going in circles, turn around and go back to where you came from and forget all the progress that you've made up to this point, or stop for direction. Too often it's so hard for us to admit that we just need help. It is our nature to want to be in control and we try to convince ourselves that if we just keep trying that we'll eventually find our way. The Bible teaches us that pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. Sometimes we are prideful without even realizing it. It isn't a shame to be dependent on someone. Especially when it's Jesus Christ.
There comes a time in all of our lives when we keep going around and around and quit progressing. We start out well and then realize we are back at square one. We hold onto the same feelings, the same pain or keep making the same mistakes. But if we're ever going to progress any further on this journey we are going to have to stop everything, relinquish our control and consult the only One who truly knows the way.
I actually found myself in this exact spot just a few days ago. I finally realized that I've been holding onto the same familiar pain that I thought that I'd let go. I was trapped in the same haunting past that I thought was long gone. Somehow, I kept showing up at the place where I began and circling the same mountain over and over. The Lord helped me to see that I had to make a choice. Do I give up on everything; declare that it's too hard and just not worth the trouble? All the progress that I've made up to this point do I just throw it all away? Or, should I just keep reliving the same old places over and over, making the same mistakes, feeling the same hurts and keeping this painful territory fresh and alive in my heart and never progress beyond this point? Or...do I STOP...and ask for help?
Well, I thought I'd already made the choice before. I had settled in my mind that I was releasing the past and I'd even told the Lord that I was giving it to Him. So why did I keep finding myself back here again?
It was because I was trying to "understand." I wanted to make sense of everything that I'd been through. I wanted to know why that I, of all people, had been allowed to go through certain situations. What had I done wrong? Haven't I always tried to do my best? Why was it me that was dealt the hard blows? Didn't the Lord know that I had tried so hard to seek His face and stay in the middle of His will?
Bottom line? I just wanted answers. I wanted explanations. I wasn't trusting God and giving up my control.
Now was the time that I had to release all control of my destination over to Jesus - whether I understood or not. I had to close my eyes -in blind faith- and let Him take over. As long as I tried making sense of everything and of where He was leading me His Will was prevented by my interference and I took the circle again.
When I did finally put my complete trust in Him -blinded by faith- the next thing I knew Jesus had brought me beyond the troublesome and cumbersome same old same old and had thrust me into a bright new place. Why was it so hard for me to just release that control?
Circumstances take all of us by surprise. Life deals us all a bad hand from time to time which we may or may not deserve. Sometimes pain and suffering are brought on by our own making. Sometimes it's dealt unfairly. The common ground is that it all hurts and we have to get beyond the pain if we are going to progress any further. So close your eyes and release it all into the hands of God. Get out of the driver's seat and quit trying to find your own way. Quit trying to understand the path that He's taking you. He will restore what has been lost. He will resurrect what has died. He will give beauty for ashes. Just give up and let Him take over.