How to Let God Lead and Take Control
I like to be in control. I do not want others to make decisions for me on what I eat, what I do, what I wear. I want to decide what occupation I do, where I work, what house I buy. I want to choose how many kids I have, when I go to sleep, and when I wake up. Unfortunately for me and many like me, we often have limited control over our lives. I keep trying to make a life plan, but every time I do, there are twists and turns throughout my life, which is why I live by the verse that states, "Man makes his plans, but the Lord determines his steps."
For instance, I wanted to have children; five years later, we decided to adopt an infant. I am happy to announce that our daughter moved into our house in July of 2009. She was five. Seven years later, when my daughter was 12, I gave birth to a second daughter. As you can see, as I planned life, life went on happening without me. I don't know what my life would have been like if things had turned out the way I expected them, but I might not have my beautiful daughter and a great relationship with my husband. Although there was one thing, I did have complete control over, and that was my dedication to Jesus Christ and choosing salvation. Despite my lack of control over my own life, I have an incredibly blessed life, and I would not change any of it for the world. God is in control of my life, and I would not have it any other way.
God Is In Control
Often, we need to humble ourselves and let God be in control. We try so hard to micromanage our lives, that we sometimes don't understand why things get so out of control. In those moments, it's time to hand over the reins and let God guide your life to where He wants it to be.
He is not going to let your life fall to shambles, He says in His word,
For I know the plans I have for you. plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
As you can see, He wants us to succeed. He wants us to succeed in our plans as well. But He also knows when there is a better route for us to take. Just because we are not getting our way when we have planned our life, does not mean it's not turning out for our good. Ultimately, God is in control. If we hand over the reins, he promises to give us hope, listen to us, and help us prosper.
We Can Do Great Things Through Christ Our Lord
As we realize that we have limited control over this world, our need to reach for great things becomes more apparent. God will give us what we need through our talents and interests so that way, we can carry out his plans. We need to continue to make plans and forge forward, and remember to:
...do everything through Christ, who gives (you) strength. (Philippians 4:13).
He will also
...cause everything to work together for the good of those who love (Him) and are called according to his purpose for them. (Romans 28:8 ).
So we need to analyze our life, and see are we loving God. Do we try to please Him? One of the most significant ways to show you love Him is to obey Him. Obey His commandments, do His will. Some of you may ask how do we know what our will is; well ask what are you good at, what do you think about most, what do you desire. Chances are, one of those answers will be the answer to what God has planned for you.
God Will Take Care of Us
Although most of us who are Christians know that God will take care of us with our minds, our hearts deceive us. We make plan after plan when all He wants us to do is to trust Him. Too often, our planning is hindering His ultimate plan for us and doesn't allow us to be blessed. Paul emphasizes this when he speaks to the Philippians:
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
Remember, this comes from a man who, at one time, crucified Christians, but because of God's amazing grace turned from his wicked ways and found Jesus Christ as His savior. He had a true conversion. Paul understood his unworthiness and yet was amazed at God's loyalty in caring for him.
God will take care of us and our needs. I have a friend who complains day after day that money is tight, but the truth is, despite the hardship, her daughters have clothes, they have food, they have a vehicle, they have a home. Their life is hard, but God has not abandoned them. He understands that we might hurt and feel neglected, but that does not change the fact that He will take care of us.
© 2010 Angela Michelle Schultz