Saturday, March 10, 2007

Who's In Control??

Last evening I had the privilege of joining some of my Christian brothers and sisters at a young people’s worship service. This is something that we do the second Sabbath evening of each month. The adults and children get together to enjoy praising the Lord in song, prayer, topics of discussion, and food.

After the song service, we have a circle of prayer in which everybody young and old offers a prayer. The topic of our discussion last evening was on “control;” whether or not we or God is in control of our lives. This subject is very thought provoking and several people offered their opinions. After much discussion, we pretty much agreed that God is in control.

In my opinion, God gives us a choice. He does not force us into anything. However, he has given us a book of instructions that he intends for us to follow. It is up to us whether or not we decide to follow his word or not. We determine the outcome of our lives by the way we chose to live. I believe that we make our choices by the way we are taught as young children. It’s kind of like when you set out to do a project, you may work hard to make it come out right. You may mold it and shape it, put everything you have into it. You do everything to perfect it by giving it all you have because this is something you love. You are not going to neglect it or half heartedly do it, and if you are determined for it to be a success, you will make it happen. That is the way your life should be from the time you are born until you leave this earth. Yes, God is in control of everything, but he gives us the privilege of choice; he directs our steps, his Spirit is here to lead and to guide us into all truth and righteousness, but it’s up to us whether or not we want to follow the Lord’s instruction. A co-worker once told me that the acronym for the word BIBLE is Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth. God wants us to live by his word and if we do so, our lives will be what we want them to be. He says in his word that we should seek first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all of these things shall be added unto you, Matthew 6:33. God is in control but he wants us to allow him to control our lives.

3 Comments:

Blogger David Cho said...

Amen.

How our free will and God's divine control work together is a mystery, but I agree with you. We sometimes think we can get on cruise control because God is in control, but that often lead us to neglect our responsibility. Good post.

12:46 AM  
Blogger Brotha Buck said...

Lookit you preaching up in here today.

6:39 PM  
Blogger Rosemarie said...

As I mature, I find that giving God complete control is the only solution to true success and contentment in this life. I'm eager to have Heaven on Earth and through God's Word, it's possible. "Perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee."

Thanks for the reminder.

11:13 PM  

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