Who’s really in control of YOU?

No doubt you’ve heard the expression “one step forward, two steps backwards”.

Have you ever really thought about this statement? What does it say about us?

I think it says that we are trusting more in our own abilities than we are the Lords.

It says for all the world to hear that we are controlling things, or at least we are trying to. And when we try to be in control, our progress is always being hampered by US. We get in our own way and make a mess of things.

Hence, we take “one step forward and two steps backwards”.

Of course, being a human being carries with it a certain “issue”, one that we all have, which is that we really like to be in control don’t we? The thought of someone, anyone besides ourselves calling the shots is, for the most part, unthinkable to our carnal nature.

C’mon, admit it. You like to be the one calling the shots don’t you? I know I certainly do! We all have this compelling need within us to take charge of the situation and bulldoze our way through it.

But what about when our own capabilities, talents, and skills leave us on the wrong side, or short of the goal?

More often than not, we go backwards don’t we?

Did you ever think that maybe, just maybe, those two steps backwards was where the Lord wanted you to stand and be still for a time and a season? That maybe He wasn’t ready for you to move forward just yet. Or that YOU weren’t ready to go forward yet because there were still lessons to be learned ‘back there’?

There is a verse in the Old Testament that talks about standing still and seeking out the old paths. Perhaps you are familiar with it?

Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.   Jer. 6:16

Israel had a terrible time with simply walking in the place God had called them to walk in. Seems they always had a better idea, or so they thought. If ever a people was known for taking “one step forward and two steps backwards” it was the children of Israel.

So prevelant was their penchant for backsliding that in the long history of Israel, only two little words are necessary to sum up their predicament. These two little words say it better than an entire library full of scholarly works.

If Only.

If only they would have listened. If only they would have followed the Lord instead of trying to take charge themselves. If only they would have stood by the Lord and asked for the old paths, where the good way was.

If Only.

The whole of human history has been one gigantic battle of “If Only”, and that includes you and me.

If Only we would have listened to the warnings of the one who had already walked where we were about to tread.

If Only we would have sacrificed and taken our children to church when they were still young, instead of either taking them to the lake or soccer practice or worse yet, permitting them to do whatever they wished to do.

If Only

Who’s really in control of your life? If we’re honest, that’s a very easy question to answer isn’t it? As long as we continue to take “one step forward and two steps backwards”, the answer is obvious.

The question then becomes are we willing to give up control in order to gain rest for our souls as the Lord desires us to do?

Something to think about on this Lords day.

Be blessed, in Jesus name.

Ron

7 thoughts on “Who’s really in control of YOU?

  1. Ron, enjoyed the post. I believe God puts us in the desert for awhile to test our faith, teach us to learn the lesson, if not– going around in a circle would make us weary. love to know what sparked this post and how it helped you as a writer.

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    • Hi Nancy. What sparked the idea behind this post was a conversation I was having with my wife about how that when the Lord calls us to a work, it seems as though we take one step forward and two steps backwards. She commented to me that this was indicative of the battle for control over who’s will ultimately prevails, ours or God’s. We all love to say the words “not my will but thine Lord”, but it’s quite another matter to actually live it. It definitely opened my eyes to how difficult it is to relinquish control to the Lord.

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  2. Our entire culture runs counter to this. We are encouraged to be self-actualizing and self-sufficient…as if our strength were not from the Lord, to begin with. Christians can fall into this trap as readily as non-believers. But, as you say, if put God first all other things will follow.

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    • So true Anna. We live in a society where unless you subscribe to the “only the strong survive” mentality you will find yourself on the outside looking in. Ultimately however we know that the meek shall inherit the earth. The spoils of victory may go to the self-sufficient type A’s in this life, but their victory is short lived.

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