While doing my Saturday cleaning a song by Natalie Grant started to play on Pandora entitled King of the World. I don’t know what it was that captured my attention but I stopped and listened to the lyrics. With each line, I started to see how I’ve taken my life out of God’s hands and into my own.
As followers of Christ we are told to cast our cares on the Lord, and it’s easier said than done. We have no problem letting God know about our problems. However, we don’t leave fully give them to him. Instead of letting him care for us we try to control it.
Regardless of what we choose to do its action that I’ve started to think about. The action, while it may it may have good intentions, makes God small in our life. Have our actions made God small in our life?
Out of God’s Hands
In Genesis 15 Abraham is speaking with God and in their conversation, He tells Abraham that he will have a child and numerous descendants. God promises Abraham that this child will be one of his own flesh. However, Sarah is discouraged because of her age and decides in Genesis 16:1-4 to have a child through Hagar.
Even though Sarah probably felt this was a great fix to her infertility problems, it wasn’t God’s way of doing it. His plan to bless Abraham and Sarah was with a child of their own, not through a surrogate. However, this doesn’t take place until Genesis 21 Sarah conceives and gives birth to the child God promised them.
The chapters between Genesis 16 and 21 show the conflicts that arise from Sarah and Abraham taking the situation out of God’s hands. It didn’t cure Sarah’s discontentment or fulfill her desire to be a mother, it opened the door for more problems. We experience the same things when we take God’s plans and try to make it happen.
Trust in His Ways
I’ve been in Sarah’s position before and taken God’s promise into my own hands. When I thought was helping God I was actually forcing situations to fit my vision. Through the process, I’ve subconsciously made God role in my life small.
It’s so easy to take what he’s said to us and try to carry it out in the way we’ve envisioned it. Ultimately I’ve learned that what we take out of God’s hands never turns into a blessing. For us to see what He’s promised we have to let him be in control.
God doesn’t need my help to accomplish what he’s doing. Throughout the Bible God has not depended on man to make things happen, He’s able all by Himself. It’s God’s people who are dependent on him to change the atmosphere.
As we are trying to help God bless us or figure out what he’s doing we are actually hindering the process. It’s by His strength, not our might, that His purpose gets accomplished. We have to step aside and let Him be the Lord of our lives.
God’s Capable Hands
Our God holds it all in His competent hands and there is nothing too great that He can’t handle. When our lives are in God’s hands we have nothing to fear. By faith, we can trust that all He does will be for our good and will lead us to greater than we can imagine.
As we surrender our will, our needs, our actions to Him we will begin to see the hands of God moving in our lives. He knows our hearts desires and the right way to get there. Let’s allow Him to be the King over our world and not just a small part of it.