Jan 27 2017

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God’s in Control, Rest in His Sovereignty

The Five Minute Friday word is control.


God’s in Control


“Go ahead, you take the wheel.” The real pilot sits back, and I take hold of the wheel. I have no pressure to land. I keep the plane in the air. If I mess up, the pilot sits beside me, ready to take over.

I was in high school on an AFJROTC field trip, trying out a small plane. All the buttons. I had no idea what they were for. I really wasn’t piloting the plane. I knew that, but it was thrilling.

In life, I’m not really the pilot either. God is. He’s in real control of what happens. He gives me a certain amount of control, things he wants me to do. But he is ready to instruct and guide me, and equally ready to take over should I start going off course.

I don’t know what all the “buttons” mean. There are details about life I cannot possibly know. But he knows. He’s in control. My part is to rest in him.


Rest in His Sovereignty

When I PARK (check out the link to read more about the PARK Plan), I spend focused time praying, asking, resting, and keeping. That second step, asking, is about prioritizing. I look to God for the answer to “What are your priorities for me?” When I ask him what is important to do, I acknowledge him as the pilot—the one in control. He knows I have 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week. I can’t escape the limitations of time. He knows that—I often forget. So when I ask, I seek his guidance and get a better answer than if I simply ask myself.

But when I ask, I know I have to let go of what I can’t control. I can’t control what happens when I don’t do the things off my list. Sometimes, this question fills me with anxiety: “What will happen if I don’t . . .?”

Instead of being filled with fear, I return to the verses I wrote on my Rest page. When I rest, I remind myself of who God is. When I meditate on his sovereignty, I release my controlling grip and feel his peace.

One of my favorite Rest verses is Ephesians 1:11Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan” (NLT). 

These words calm me:

  • “he chose”
  • “he makes everything work out”
  • “according to his plan”

This verse doesn’t say he chose an easy plan. Nor does it work out according to my timing or what I think is the best way. When I focus on my timing or how I think life should go, I feel crazy. The more off-my-plan life gets, the more stressed I feel. When I return my thoughts to his plan, I rest easier.

How do you rest in God when you want to control or feel out of control?

I rest in God when I meditate on scripture. What do you do?

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  1. Lauren

    This was a great post! I am equally encouraged by not needing to have all the answers and understand all of the buttons. Sometimes it is contrary to our personalities to give God control, but once we do freedom and peace are the byproducts.
    Stopping by from FMF!
    I’ll be back soon.

    1. Cheryl

      Freedom and peace are ours. There are times I wrestle to get to freedom and peace, but pressing my thoughts and heart toward God is always the best choice. Otherwise, I have a big pile of worry. Worry is a prison, for sure.

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