Much of our Nation’s turmoil stems from individuals and groups of people wanting control. We want to prove our point of view while claiming your point of view is wrong. It doesn’t work well. We have more racial, economic, political, and cultural divisions than ever before. This isn’t a new problem. I believe the times we live in along with the current national leadership promote the tug-of-war we are experiencing.
Every parent can relate to “control” issues observing their children. They want things their own way and don’t care what anyone else has to say about it. Unfortunately, it continues into teenage years to the point of drastic measures. Many teens are facing suicide as a means of having “control” of something in their lives. I know of a recently divorced woman, whom lived in a controlled environment for decades, went to the other extreme where NO body could tell her anything. She didn’t even want to hear what the GPS told her to do!
We will always have someone to whom we are accountable to: a spouse, a parent, a boss, and most importantly God. Having control equals stress, the weight of the decisions, other people, deadlines, and schedules. Giving up your control can be freeing and a sense of relief. Because God created the universe and all that is in it, He has the authority for control over it all. He wants us to give up our control and trust Him with the results. He gives us His peace, not like the world, but a peace that lets us give up control (John 14:27). I love watching children’s mannerisms, their sweet faces and bright eyes. They don’t have to worry about bills, schedule, or controlling a safe environment. They allow the parent to know what is best and control their environment for them. There are exceptions of sub-standard living conditions. But for the most part, children rely on the parents to know what is best for them and to provide for all their needs. Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3).
As we age and mature, let’s give our control, worries, stress and anxiety to the only One who can handle it and guide us through the path of life. We tend to get older and somewhat more educated or smarter and we “think” we know what’s best. Jesus had this problem with the Pharisees. They were the religious leaders of the day, the only ones educated; the ones who told the people what to believe and how to pray. Jesus told them they had it wrong. This greatly angered them. Who is this one man to tell us what we have learned and have been learning for years? The Pharisees were needless to say, unwilling to change their world view to understand or even listen to Jesus. If they were Biblical scholars, why did they not give heed to the notion that He was the Messiah? They realized it after He was crucified and raised from the dead.
Jesus wants us to become like children in the way we live freely, without the burden of daily worries. He wants us to rely on Him for provision, for knowing what we need and when we need it. God wants us to trust Him, because He knows what’s best for us.