Who Is Really King?
Who Is Really King?
Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.
Psalm 139:4 (NIV)
Ifunction best when I am prepared.
This isn’t a bad thing. In fact, my need to control the variables comes in handy for me and my family. We never run out of milk. I always have a Band Aid on hand when we need one. And I can always answer the question “What is the weather going to be tomorrow?”
But lately I have been thinking about how this need to be prepared impacts my relationship with God. There are Bible reading plans that I complete each night before bed. I watch a Verse of the Day Story each morning on my YouVersion app while I eat breakfast. Our family prays before meals, and I volunteer a few Sundays a month as part of the A/V team at LifePoint. But this time with God is all planned and scheduled. I am in control – I know exactly how and when this time will happen.
God, you have full control over my life. Please help me to remember that you can provide far better for my every need than all of my preparations can. Thank you for being a King who knows and provides all that we need.
During the latest sermon at LifePoint, there was one quote I found myself thinking about long after service ended:
“If I can tell the king what to do, then aren’t I the king?”
Not only is needing to be in control exhausting at times, but by trying to control all situations around me, aren’t I doubting His ability to provide for my needs? By always scheduling out the hows and whens of my time with God, am I missing the times that He wants to speak to me?
Control isn’t always a bad thing, but it cannot come at the cost of losing sight of who is really in charge. I’m going to work on making myself more available to meeting God outside of our scheduled times and focus less on the to-do list of our relationship and more on what He wants me to get out of it. I may still always know what the weather will be like tomorrow, but instead of packing a raincoat, I want to have more faith in God’s ability to see me through the storm.
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