Before COVID-19, we were able to live within our norm and control our life schedules. But what do you do when you can't control the uncontrollable?
In these uncertain times, life can seem unpredictable when we can't control our next. Controlling the uncontrollable allows us to feel empowered and provide comfort so we can cope with the things that constantly change. One thing I have learned is that control and faith are like water and oil. They don't mix well.
Faith is taking the next step with blindfolds on listening to our Father guiding us. If we could control our next, faith wouldn't be required. Now, faith doesn't mean we can't have plans. Faith allows us to hold our plans with open hands to allow God's will to be done. Proverbs 16:9 (NLT) says, "We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps."
So how do we steer away from controlling the uncontrollable?
1. We recognize God is in control. (God is All-Powerful)
It's one thing to say we believe God is in control, but it's another to try to think we can help him out. Matthew 19:26 reminds us in "with man this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible." We can truly recognize the strength and power of God when we recognize our own weakness and inability. Max Lucado quotes, "Blessed is the man who discovers that there is only one God and stops applying for the position."
2. We recognize God knows what's best for us. (God is All-Knowing)
The Bible teaches that God is omniscient, which means He is all-knowing. God knows what is around the proverbial corner of time and sees what's coming that we don't. God is not only ordering our steps, but he also orders our stops. When we seek to control the uncontrollable, we are simply saying we know what's best, and God doesn't. It is God's love that keeps us from danger, orders our steps, but also doesn't spare us from trials. Yes, God knows what is best for us, even if it's painful at the time. God is a Teacher and loving Provider. God is always providing, but he is also teaching us by helping us grow in trials and tests.
3. We rest on God's promises. (God is a Promise-Keeper)
Rest means to relax, refresh oneself, and recover strength. When we rest on God's promises, we relieve ourselves from trying to work things out and rest in the fact that God is able. The same God who is a promise maker is also a promise keeper. Number 23:19 reminds us that "God is not a man, that he should lie." Even in the midst of our fear and anxiety, we can continue to keep our hope in Christ. Romans 15:13 says, "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."