It Started as a Good Read
This is the question I began to ask myself as I read my devotion. When I continued reading, something special jumped out at me. It spoke on the many ways humans try to control things. We try to our spouses, children, friends, schedules, and so much more…
It went on to say, when we FAIL at controlling things, we tend to get so frustrated!
Man, as I was reading I couldn’t help but feel intrigued, embarrassed, and humbled all at the same time. I wanted to know MORE. I needed to know what this devotion had to say about me trying to control things in this life. Yeah, it became personal at that point. I saw me in the words of the devotion. I knew this one was for me and God had my name all over it! Then, the devotion continued to convict my life by adding that when we FAIL to control things it makes us feel small, inferior and listed a slew of other things to follow. HOWEVER, thiissss is the part that had me…when it referenced Genesis 8:22 (Amplified Bible Version) “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”
Then It Got Real…
Woah, Woah, Woahhhhhh!,
It hit me like a ton of bricks (in a good way), as the devotion went on to encourage us controlling humans to rest and look at how God changes the seasons without us even lifting a finger. I literally never thought about it in that way before, the interesting thing is God has already spoken on this, it happens day in and day out. There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t see the sun come out and the moon in the night.
So why is it that we seek to control other things??? Why not just rest? God clearly has this (your life included) under control, he changes the seasons and sets the sun and the moon in the sky DAILY without any of our help. With this fact, we should be convinced that he is more than capable to handle all things concerning our lives. I promise, that realization gave me the sweetest peace I could ask for.
Things to Keep in Mind
Nowadays I simply ask the Lord to grace me for all the I am going through. It definitely feels like a dry season. One with (many) tough, daily battles but I am reassured in the daily rising of the sun that God has already spoken on this matter and it’s in his hands not mine. The only thing I need to do is trust Him and endured through the test. Why??? As it is written in James 1:2-4 (AMP), we should “Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. Be assured and understand that trials and testing of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.”
As I grow in my relationship with Christ I am strengthened as I encounter trials and I cling to Him for support and comfort. YES! It’s extremely hard, but guess what? If it was easy everyone would be doing it! And besides, God never said it would be EASY. However, He did say He would NEVER leave us not forsake us.
I love you all and I pray that you will let go of the desire to control things in this life! I’m also standing with you in prayer while you’re in search of a true relationship with Christ!
💕 Ebony 💕