You Don’t Have to Be in Control

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“And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”         Colossians 1:17

Whether it is COVID-19 pandemic or other seasons of life, when things go wrong, it is easy to feel like we are losing control. However, you were never meant to carry the burden or responsibility of being in control. God alone is great enough to carry this weight.

In Mark 4:35–5:43 Jesus displays his control over the natural world, over the spirit world, over sickness, and even over death. The stories are told to highlight Jesus’ complete authority. All the time Mark presents the alternatives of fear and faith.

The disciples are afraid in the storm. Among them are experienced fishermen, so this is no irrational phobia. Yet Jesus rebukes them: “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” (4:40). The sick woman comes before Jesus with “fear and trembling” (5:33). But Jesus speaks a word of peace to her. Jesus’ word to Jairus is the punch line of the section: “Do not fear, only believe”.

These stories don’t teach that we’ll never face sickness or death. Instead, they teach us that we needn’t fear the circumstances of life because God is in control. He works good for us in every circumstance. He’ll bring us safely home to glory. Death is not the last word: the last word is “Talitha cumi!” – “Little girl, I say to you, arise” (5:41).

We often associate the sovereignty of God with theological debates. But for all of us it’s a daily practical choice. We have to choose between a fantasy in which we are sovereign, and the real world in which God is sovereign, between our false sovereignty and God’s real sovereignty. When we allow God take his rightful place in the affairs of our lives, everything takes.. it’s rightful place in the world where we live.

I Declare: Today, I declare that I am not in control of my life and it’s circumstances. Jesus is my lord and He is supreme over all. He runs everything according to the council of His will and determines my every step to His glory. Today, I let go and I let God!

Ignite Thought: If you try to control everything, and then worry about the things you can’t control, you are setting yourself up for a lifetime of frustration and misery.

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