I’m lying in bed in pain. Back problems. Two weeks of physical anguish and immobility. All appointments, travel plans, and speaking engagements canceled.
What do you do when your plans crash and burn; when you are no longer in control of the situation? Get angry or up-tight? Start throwing things? Have a pity party? Blame others?
Well, this morning, groaning in pain with plans gone awry, I managed to pry open my Bible and read:
“Lord, You have assigned me my portion and my cup; You have made my lot secure.” (Psalm 16:5)
“In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.” (Psalm 46:1, 2)
“So what am I supposed to do when I can’t gain control of the situation?”
“Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10a)
“But I am worried about all the people who are depending on me.”
The Sovereign One reassures me that He will get the job done with or without me, “I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10b)
QUESTION: Do you have everything under control? I doubt it! Few people do. Perhaps you have:
- A rebellious teenager, or
- A messy partnership issue, or
- A continuing problem in your marriage that seems to have no resolution, or
- A financial enigma with no solution in sight.
What to do. Well, keep in mind that ultimate freedom in life is the ability to choose the right attitude. And because your attitude is centered in your will, you can choose to “be still and know that [He is] God.” Or you can choose to get up-tight, and wrestle back the control.
Prayer: “Lord, I pause to surrender control of my circumstances to You. In fact, once again I surrender my very life into Your sovereign care. Thank You that from eternity You have known about this day and my particular situation. I lift each issue up to You and rest them into Your loving hands. I choose to be still and acknowledge You as my sovereign God. In Jesus‘ Name. Amen.”