The Personal Journey 365, God is in control
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood since the earth was founded?
He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
and its people are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,
and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
He brings princes to naught
and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.
No sooner are they planted,
no sooner are they sown,
no sooner do they take root in the ground,
than he blows on them and they wither,
and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff. Isaiah 40:21-24 NIV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs3:5 NIV
To begin the personal journey with our Lord, Jesus Christ, means surrendering our control on a daily basis. The free choice we have been given can be the very hindrance to our divine relationship. Our feeble understanding tends to want to put”God-in-a-box,” thus limiting our relationship and His call in our lives. The God-in-a-box mentality will reach its ceiling and never break through unless complete surrender to the point of uncontrolled abandonment is chosen. To continually seek to be in control ultimately spins life out of control when the paradigm shifts. However, to surrender control to God brings order, peace, security, fulfillment and freedom. The opposite of what we have been led to believe.
The story of Job in the Bible illustrates the type of relationship God is looking for with us. Job was a “riches to rags, then rags to riches” story that tested Job to the very core of his being. It is a story of divine relationship and revelation that God is the one in control and we will never be in full privy to His ways in this temporal world. It will always boil down to simple, never complicated, trust in Him.
As long as man is in the ego of explanation, he methodically Edges God Out, thrashing the doors to perdition’s pride wide open. Knowing God does not mean head knowledge, but rather simple surrender of a heart brimming with love in a divine relationship. Job’s relationship with God was what was in question in the Bible story, not the understanding of what and why. Job proved faithful to the end, because of his relationship, not his understanding.
We can do the same if we step back to the simplest approach of one-day-at-a-time. Each day is a gift in itself, and how we receive this gift is the challenge. If our focus is on Christ during this day He will be found from the simplest to the most complex of matters. The more our focus is on Jesus – the more we see, and thusly move from the trying to believe into the knowing without a shadow of doubt.
Jesus Christ has complete authority over heaven and earth. Whether we choose to believe in Him or not does not change His story, only our part in the whole story. To believe otherwise is self-deception and denial of true freedom. Surrendering to God’s control first brings awareness, then freedom from the bondages and deception of this temporary world.
When we begin walking in this Kingdom of God peace fills our countenance. The Agape love of our Heavenly Father propels us to know more, to seek more, and to share more with others. It is only then we have sipped from the stream of living waters that never runs dry.
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Regina M. Dick
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