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Who is in Control

 

WHO IS IN CONTROL

By Carolyn Dale Newell

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I will say, rejoice!

Philippians 4:4 NKJV

When the bills are coming due, but not the paycheck. When the unexpected illness occurs. When everything around the house falls apart, including your relationships. When your kids are traveling up and down the interstate. Who is in control of it all?

I hope it isn’t you, and I hope it isn’t me either. Ah… but we want to be in the captain’s seat Because when we’re not in charge, we worry.

We are forgetting one important fact. Something you probably already know, but we tend to need a reminder. God is in control. Did you just utter a sigh of relief? I know I did. What a load off our backs. God controls the out-of-control life that we cannot control.

It is impossible to worry when we rejoice. We cannot be anxious while we praise the Lord. When we recite His attributes, our confidence soars.

God is creator and sustainer. We can bless the Lord for His love and tender mercies. We can smile as we shout about His grace, strength, and joy. We can praise Him for His peace. We can worship Him in victory.

Turn your worry into worship. Let’s begin by counting our blessings. That should take so long that we won’t remember what we were worried about in the first place.

If you have breath in your lungs, you are blessed. If you are healthy, you are blessed. Maybe your health isn’t great, but somebody has it much worse, so yes, you are blessed. If you have a roof over your head, you are blessed. If you have paid your bills, you are blessed. If you haven’t paid your bills yet, you are still blessed, because God said He would supply our every need (Phil. 4:19). If you have a job, you are blessed. If you don’t have a job, thank God for the door He will open.

Now, what was bothering us? God is in complete control, so stop trying to do His job. No wonder we get stressed. We are trying to do the work of God, something we were never equipped to handle.

Our instructions are to rejoice. It doesn’t say rejoice about your struggles. We will have trouble in this world. Jesus told us that. Our verse says:

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I will say, rejoice!

We rejoice in spite of our trials, not instead of them. Jesus Christ is our joy.

Don’t continue to allow tribulations, the world, people, and the devil to snatch your joy. Cast your cares on Jesus, and turn your worry into worship.

Father God, we rejoice today because You have it all under control. We can rest in the comfort of knowing You’ve got it. Help me remember this truth when I am inclined to pick up my life’s remote control. You are the Captain of my salvation. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Philippians 4:4—9.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Today, make a quick list of everything you can thank God for. Keep it handy (on the fridge or phone) and refer to it the next time you become troubled.

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ThrowbackThursday: Thank God

 

THANK GOD

 

O, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!

For His mercy endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,

-Ps. 107:1-2a (NKJV)

The redeemed should be the most thankful people on earth. We have more to be thankful for than the unbeliever because we have been rescued from eternal damnation by Christ’s sacrificial death. However, when we express our thanks, let us make sure that the thanks are given to God because all our blessings are from Him. The paycheck which you bring home every week comes from God because He has provided a job for you. The friends and families that you have are also from God because He has placed you among these people.

Salvation is our greatest blessing because without it we would not have a personal relationship with God. Salvation is not just eternal life, but it is abundant life. We may not have the possessions of the unbelievers, but we have so much more. We have peace in the midst of a trial. We have joy in the Lord, no matter what our circumstances may be.

Do you remember prior to your salvation when you hungered for something to make your life just right? You couldn’t find it in clothes, houses, or possessions. Many people try to find it in alcohol, drugs or sex. You were like the Israelites- “hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them out of their distresses.” (Ps. 107:5-6). Do you remember the time when you cried out and He delivered you? If not, cry out to God now, and He will save you and put you on the right path. It doesn’t mean that your life will get easier, but He will never leave you during the storms. He is in control of them.

Christians definitely have so much to thank God for. What a wonderful witness to the world to see a Christian giving their heavenly Father thanks. Make every day a thankful day!

Dear Lord,

Forgive me for the times when I neglect to thank You. I thank You today for Your many blessings. In Your precious name, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Psalm 107. It is long, so you may want to split it. As you read, give thanks to God.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, let the world see a thankful attitude as a witness to God.

 

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.