Faith and Control Do Not Mix Well Together
Today I have four quotes and three Bible verses about faith and control to share with you. We all would like to have everything together, be in control so we could relax and enjoy our lives, right? But that’s not how faith or life works. Faith and control don’t mix well together. How come?
If our goal is to be in control, we push faith away. The one who is in control is the god in our life whether we realize it or not. Richard Rohr has said, “The opposite of faith is not doubt; the opposite of faith is control.” So let’s not pursue control, let’s pursue God and his will instead.
Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Faith and control…
Sometimes we think pursuing control sounds better than surrendering to God. Or we might sincerely think everything already is in our control. That’s why we need reminders of reality. With the words of Steven Furtick, “The only way God can show us He’s in control is to put us in situations we can’t control.” It seems like we’re living in that kind of situation right now, right? What to do then? It’s time to control chaos by surrendering to God.
It’s impossible to please God without faith because the one who draws near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards people who try to find him. (Hebrews 11:6, CEB,*)
What good will surrender to God do? Everything. It brings the aid we need. As Andrew Murray has said, “God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.” And that brings us peace. We’re able to fret less by trusting God more.
… do not mix well together
Lysa TerKeurst has said she can “rest in the fact God is in control, which means I can face things that are out of my control and not act out of control.” There will always be things that are out of our control, but when we trust God to be in control no matter what, we can take life as it comes because we know it will all turn out just right.
Instead, desire first and foremost God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33, CEB,*)
So take a deep breath, God is always with you. Faith and control don’t mix well together. So release control to God and rest in his peace instead. It’s time to fix your eyes on Jesus and enjoy your life with him. Leave pursuing control to those who do not know better. We are in good hands. And it will all end well.
You are so patient with us,
thank you for helping us to see the gift of you being in control.
We surrender to you, Lord.
May thy will happen in and through our lives.
We trust you and rest in you.
Bless us according to your plan for us
and use us for your glory.
In Jesus’ precious name,
Q4U: Do you pursue control or God? Why? Please share you thoughts with us!
Blessings to you, my fellow pilgrim! Isn’t it amazing how God takes care of us! It’s not always easy but it is certain. So let us rest in Jesus and let the Holy Spirit minister to our needs. All is well in Him!
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