Hi everyone. Rob here.
Have you ever stopped to think about all the things that you’re not in control of? When you drive you can only control how you drive, but not how anyone else drives. You can control what you say and do, but not what anyone else thinks of you. You can control who you worship, but not who or what anyone else worships. In other words, most of your life is out of your control! Then you think about the fact that God, who is sovereign over all of life, is utterly free and beyond our control, and it leaves us with a decision to make. We can choose to defy the odds and try and bring life under our extremely limited control, or we can trust God with our lives and the lives of others.
In 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 the Apostle Paul writes:
Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is unseen is eternal.
How do we fix our eyes on what is unseen? By having the eyes of our heart opened so we can see life from God’s point of view. This is the point where we don’t just say we have faith, but have to live out our faith by actually entrusting ourselves to God and his ways. That’s the hard bit. If you’re anything like me you might pray a prayer of surrender and then spend the rest of the day running through doomsday scenarios in your head. As the cliche goes, you have to let go AND let God, and that means getting your ego and need for control out of the way.
There is no easy way to do this. I have been facing uncertainty and an intense spiritual battle for a while now. There are good days and hard days, but I now know why scripture keeps emphasising perseverance and patience. You have to keep turning up, keep seeking God, keep opening his word, keep praying, keep resisting the enemy, keep meeting together, keep open, keep surrendering and keep humble and open to correction. Beyond what I can always see is God’s eternal work being done for me, in me and around me even though it’s never about me. Jesus Christ is building his church and, as the head, he will finish his good work. That is good news for all of us. We can trust him. We don’t need to control the outcomes and when we try, he will remind us that we don’t need to.
We can rest in him, even though it may seem like a hurricane is blowing all around us. In God’s eyes they are ‘light and momentary troubles.’ I long for that perspective to be a consistent quality in my life. I’m not there yet. But God is in control of that outcome and I choose today to trust him for it.
Grace and peace.