Lent Day 16:
I am a lot like Moses. Most of my control stems from not trusting that God will do what he says He is going to do in His Word.
I will give you a new heart, and put a new spirit within you (Ez 36:26)
The Lord your God is in your midst,
A victorious warrior
He will exult over you with joy,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy. (Zeph 3:17)
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jer 29:11)
Do I believe this? I mean really believe it to the point that it changes the way I go about my day? Do I believe that God has given me a new heart and a new spirit that is capable of operating without control? DO I believe that He is in my midst? That He exults over me with joy, quiets me with His love and rejoices over me? Do I believe that his plans are to prosper me and not to harm me, to give me hope and a future? I must not fully believe this or I would have no reason to control situations and people. If God is who He says He is and is doing what He says He will do, then I can rest in His promises without trying to control the outcomes of my life.
As I walk through these days of Lent around the theme of control I realize more and more that I have a long way to go on the road of surrendering everything the God. It is a good road though. To use Jesus’ words, “Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matt 7:14) I want to be counted among “the few”…