Monday, April 13, 2015

In and Out of Control - Martin Wiles

In putting everything under him, God left nothing that is not subject to him. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him. Hebrews 2:8 NIV

Once a week, I feel as if I’m out of control. When I begin using my computer and things progress very slowly, I know updates are downloading. My cursor performs funny tricks—if it works at all. The internet moves at a snail’s pace—often freezing up. Yet, there’s nothing I can do short of waiting for the updates to download. Things will get back to normal shortly. Downloads aren’t complete without restarting the computer and then waiting on configuration. Though I’m in manual control of my computer, I feel as if things are out of control. My computer operating system—combined with the internet, appear beyond my control. 

For a time, Jesus was made a little lower than the angels. During his earthly ministry, he voluntarily limited himself in using his divine attributes. But the story hasn’t ended. One day everything will be placed under his sole authority: angels, Satan, demons, nature, and humanity. 

God created me with free will which in turn allows me the liberty to do what I want within certain limits. Everyone else has the same privilege. When all of us do as we please—following our own selfish guidelines—we make a mess. Because of all the help I have, it’s easy for the world to appear out of control. Somewhat like my computer. 

I finally surrendered to the update process. I’ve learned my fussing, complaining, and stewing won’t change a thing. My computer world won’t function properly until I let the updates install. After the updates are complete, I have control again. (I actually never lost it. I could have disconnected from the internet and stopped the process.)

Appearances can be deceptive. The world may look as if it’s careening out of control, but God has it firmly gripped in his all-powerful hands. Knowing this, I can face each day with optimism rather than discouragement and depression. 

Acknowledge God’s control over your life, and live life confidently.

Prayer: Father God, thank You for controlling our lives and our world.


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