Greedy Gratitude 30 Day Devotional
Day 22 - Peace and God's Sovereignty
"Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand." Isaiah 41:10-11 NLT
Giving up control can be a difficult thing. Have you ever been riding in the car with someone whose driving made you a little less than comfortable? Perhaps you felt as if they were swerving in and out of traffic, braking suddenly, or traveling at speeds you knew couldn't be legal?
What about being asked to have someone work with you on a project, even though you knew you were more than capable of completing it?
Or maybe you are battling hurt, anger, lust, jealousy, impatience, or pride. I think it's interesting that as christians we deal with things and yet still struggle to allow God to take over.
Imagine this: You're in the cockpit of an aircraft on your first solo flight when the plane starts plummeting towards the earth. Your life is flashing before your very eyes. Suddenly, someone runs up and states, "Don't worry, I'm a trained pilot; I got this!" Would you stubbornly tell them, "I know what I'm doing," or would you jump out of the seat and let them take the reigns?
So often in life, though, that seems to be the last thing we want to do... admit we need help. We only allow God to take over after we've crashed and burned; or after we've decided we couldn't do it on our own after all; or after we determined that we didn't have the strength, the courage, the wisdom, etc..
You see, God doesn't want to take over after we've failed. He's not some life janitor reserved to clean up our messes. He's not a genie or a Superman bound on saving his "Lois" every time we realize we cannot make it very far without him. He wants us to trust him enough to give him control before things happen, not when they do.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.”
Revelation 1:8 (NLT)
It takes a being who is not tested by the realms of time to be in total control. God is perfect... in love, in understanding, in wisdom, in peace, in unity. He simply wants a heart that is devoted to a life of daily surrender.
Surrender is daily a choice, it's not a one-and-done scenario. We have to choose to put God first and relinquish control over to Him every day. Have peace in the fact that we serve a God who will always have our best interests in hand, who always has the best outcome, and the best path. Doesn't make it easy, but that's where trust comes in, knowing He is the sovereign King. Giving God control before the crash doesn't mean you won't go through hardships; it just means that the Savior of the universe held you in the palm of his hands in the midst.
ACTION STEP: Let go and let Jesus. Take something in your life that you are struggling to surrender to God and spend a moment THANKING Him for what that hardship is teaching you. Allow God to honestly show you how to see the GOOD despite how you may feel about it
Prayer: God you are perfect, and through that perfection, how humbled we are to serve you, to worship you, to call you Father. Lord, we are so thankful that we are not alone; that you are with us wanting to take hold on our behalf. Lord, help us cultivate a trust that only you can create. Allow us to give you complete control over our lives; help us surrender ourselves over to you. For your ways are perfect, lacking nothing. We love you, and we praise you, in Jesus' name, Amen!