DayBreaks for 12/10/15: If He Weren’t In Control
Have you ever thought about what it would be like if God were not in control? Try to picture what the day might be like:
- The sun wouldn’t come up in the morning nor shed its light;
- There wouldn’t be any food on your table, for He causes the ground to produce food and the rain that makes it grow;
- There wouldn’t be any air for you to breathe;
- When you tried to get water out of your faucet, you wouldn’t get anything usable, because in Christ, all things hold together, including the atoms of hydrogen and oxygen that must be held together to form water;
- The planets and moon may or may not move at the right times or in the right orbits;
- The people you meet would all be dead (of course, you would, too!), for without the right balance of sun, food, water, atmospheric gases, life would come to an end, period.
The list could go on and on and on ad nauseum. But I think you get the idea. Underneath this stark reality, however, is the simple truth that we’re NOT in control of our lives and environments. We don’t begin to understand or appreciate the extent of God’s control over all things. We get mad when there are things that we believe should happen that don’t happen, or things that do happen that we think shouldn’t happen. And we get exasperated with God, thinking He’s not in control. How foolish of us!
There are more things that God controls in any given instant of time than we will ever conceive of in our entire lifetimes. When will we learn to trust Him? Not only does He control all things, He makes them work for good (Rom. 8:28). It is only our insolence and arrogance that leads us to suggest that God doesn’t know what he’s doing.
TODAY’S PRAYER: God, please forgive us for our insolence and forgive us for our ignorance of Your ways and Your working. Help us to trust in Your goodness as well as Your wisdom to determine what is in our best interest. Thank you, Father, that You have our best interest in Your heart! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
From the DayBreaks archive, 2005.
Copyright 2015 by Galen C. Dalrymple.