GOD IS IN CONTROL
Oh, how I forget. When factors in my life are beyond my control, I forget. When I get busy, I forget. How I wish I could always remember. Lucky for me, and many of us, we have the Word of God to remind us. Remind us of what you may ask. The Bible reminds us of many truths, but today I needed to be reminded that I must rely on God to be in control and not me. Since the spread of COVID-19 all of our lives have changed. Many of us work from home, we spend less time with people, and our plans have changed drastically. Working in college ministry summers are an important time to recharge and grow spiritually. This summer is different. I had plans to go to New York City for the first time. I usually go to a few MLB games and was hoping to see the Atlanta Braves play at home this year. I was going to spend time at a summer camp pouring into college students. My response to these changes was frustration and sometimes anger. I think we all desire control of our lives and right now almost every person’s life is beyond their control. 13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will travel to such and such a city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.” 14 Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring — what your life will be! For you are like vapor that appears for a little while, then vanishes. 15 Instead, you should say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16 But as it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 So it is sin to know the good and yet not do it -- James 4:13-17 (CSB) As James 4:13-17 puts it, we do not know what tomorrow will bring. I needed to be reminded that anything I do is according to the Lord’s will. I love the CSB says boasting in our arrogance. When I want control over my situation I am being arrogant thinking I know better than the Lord. How can I know better than the Lord, who created me? He is aware of all my ways, even before I can speak. So what do I do now? My summer plans are gone. I won’t get to spend as much time with friends. I won’t get to do things I enjoy. But what I can do is trust in the Lord. I can spend time reading my Bible, growing closer to him, and finding fun ways to share the gospel! And we can rest knowing that the Lord is our rock. Just as the Song of Judah says; 4 Trust in the Lord forever, because in the Lord, the Lord himself, is an everlasting rock! -- Isaiah 26:4 (CSB) You may be finding yourself in the same situation as me. All your summer plans have been hijacked by COVID-19. How will you respond? With anger and bitterness? I hope these words can be a reminder and comfort to you. And you can respond by growing closer to the Lord. We serve a sovereign God who is infinite in wisdom and goodness. I needed to be reminded to trust in his goodness and power over all things. Let Psalm 139 guide you in prayer as it has me this day. Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I stand up; you understand my thoughts from far away. You observe my travels and my rest; you are aware of all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue, you know all about it, Lord. You have encircled me; you have placed your hand on me. This wondrous knowledge is beyond me. -- Psalms 139:1-6 (CSB) Amen!