The following totally came to my mind this morning: How people feel the need to be in control. Sometimes we can try all we we want, but we can’t make a person “like” us. Either they do or they don’t. We can’t make our child behave a certain way. We can try to teach, guide, correct, but it is ultimately up to them. We can’t control what happens on the job. People quit. The economy changes. We can’t control the pandemic we are in. Attempts are made to try to not spread the virus, but some have still contracted it.
So why am I saying all this? Because we are not God. Period. Should we work hard on our job? Absolutely. Should we try and be a good friend or spouse? Of course! Should we train up our children in the way they should go? Definitely! Do we need to be wise about the spread of virus especially to the vulnerable? Yes. The bottom line is we are not the ultimate authority on all of these things. God is. We should try and use wisdom with the decisions we make. It’s our job to do our best and know the One who is in control and trust Him to take care of it all. He promises that all things will work together for good to those who love Him, to those who have been called according to His purpose.
The other night I woke up with Psalm 23 playing in my head. When that happens, I feel like I should share it. The Lord is a Good Shepherd who we can trust! He’s got everything under control. We can be still and know that He is God.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.