Lent Day 16

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”…

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