from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets.
When finances crumble, a marriage dissolves, or a child or spouse dies, we question God’s control. There appears to be no love in the control He is providing. And if He is God, why isn’t He changing the course our lives are taking?
Chaos tears at our hearts and bruises our egos. “Control,” we shout. “We want control.” Unable to manipulate circumstances or to get the outcome we desire, frustration, anger, and worry tumble in like a cascading waterfall. Sensing a crash at the bottom, we forget that there is a loving God who views it all from heaven and desires our trust and a reliance on His wisdom.
We need to remind ourselves that 2000 years ago, Jesus was on trial and abused but was in full control. When He hung on the cross, He was in control. When the Father looked down on Him from heaven knowing He had to forsake His only Son, He was in control. It was all planned for our salvation – to free us from the need for control so that we might experience His grace. Believing that Christ is with us in all our chaos, in Him we can release control.
Dear Jesus, provide me with the trust that can only be viewed through the cross and resurrection. May it remain mine throughout the coming year. Amen.