Just recently, I completely lost control of a certain situation in my life.
Have you ever been there? Do you know where I’m coming from? If I had to take a wild guess, I would bet that you do.
You’ve been in this situation before. Things that were perfectly fine are suddenly spiraling out of control and you’re losing your grip. You’re hanging on for dear life when all of a sudden, you can’t hold on any longer.
Have you ever seen this cartoon called Cliff Hanger? This is him saying his most famous line:
Is that where you find yourself? Because that’s where I currently am.
Have you ever considered that maybe, just maybe, this is exactly where the Lord wants us? In this vulnerable, uncertain, free-falling position…?
Maybe God wants us right where we are in order to teach us that we actually don’t have control.
This reality so often invokes fear and anxiety when it should invoke the exact opposite. Not having control should be liberating and exciting. That’s one less burden we have to bear!
However, being out-of-control is only liberating if you know Who is in control.
Because of that, there are a few key verses that have been at the forefront of my mind these past few days as I deal with changing circumstances in my life. I hope that these verses will encourage you as they have encouraged me.
(For something practical, click on each Scripture reference to see pictures of that particular verse. Choose a picture that you like, and set it as the background on your phone so that you have a constant reminder of it throughout the day. This will also help you memorize the verse!)
The first one is one that I know you’ve heard before:
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.”
The Christian life was never a life meant to be lived in control. It is a life of constant “care-casting” onto the One who promises to bear our burdens if we would only hand them over to Him. This brings us to our next verse. Jesus says:
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your soul. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
If you don’t take anything else away from this blog post, please take away that verse. Read it again. Seriously. Right now. Read it again. Let that sink into your heart and mind. Jesus, the Savior of the world, is pleading with us to come to Him. And what does He offer? Rest. Whew, you’re lying if you say you couldn’t use some of that. He offers us a gentle, light, and easy load in exchange for whatever we are carrying. All we have to do is surrender our control and accept His offer.
And last, but not least, is one of my personal favorites. As the Israelites are being pursued the Egyptian army..Hold up. I mean, I know whatever you’re going through is probably rough, but c’mon, at least you don’t have an ARMY chasing you. Can I get an amen? Okay anyway, as the Egyptians are about to overtake the Israelites at the Red Sea, Moses gives this word from the Lord to the people:
“Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He WILL WORK for you today. For the Egyptians you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
How beautiful is that picture? When you are facing something that is completely out of your control, REJOICE! For our God fights for us. He doesn’t fight WITH us or tell us what to do as we go into battle alone. He steps out in front of us and comes between us and whatever it is we are facing. And all we have to do is, get this…
We need not fret or try to take matters into our own hands as they slowly slip through our fingers. Let go today. Surrender control to the One Who bears your anxieties, promises you rest, and fights for you.
Take Him at His word and feel the liberation of knowing that He’s got this and all we have to do is rest and be silent.
He’s so good, isn’t He?