August 27 – In Control

“It is about the greatness of God, not the significance of man. God made man small and the universe big to say something about himself.”
-John Piper

Can you relate to the feeling of losing control? Our human nature takes charge, but as life goes on, we discover things are out of our reach. I think as we grow, we realize, there isn’t much we actually have control over! We can pray and hope for the best, but the tighter we hold something, we find ourselves crushing it with our anxieties. In time, we can conclude to accomplish what is humanly possible, surrender in prayer, and learn the ways of God. Take it from the prayers of Hannah, as she praised God for being able to conceive.

“Nothing and no one is holy like GOD, no rock mountain like our God. Don’t dare talk pretentiously— not a word of boasting, ever! For GOD knows what’s going on. He takes the measure of everything that happens. The weapons of the strong are smashed to pieces, while the weak are infused with strength.”

This simple passage in Samuel stands out as the words of Hannah are quoted, for God knows what’s going on, He takes the measure of everything that happens. Our day to day striving, researching, prodding, and googling can only go so far. Overall, He is bigger. I hope this serves as wake-up over your situation. To persevere, to see your situation through, but know the power in the greatness of God.

For when we let go, miracles happen,
When we surrender in prayer, answers are given,
When we bow our heads, spirits are lifted.
Let’s find our surrender in God and discover freedom in His power.

I lift my hands to Heaven
Here my heart surrendered
I tell my soul again
You are Lord of all
And though the seas are raging
You will speak and tame them
In You I find my rest
You are in control’

-In Control, Hillsong Worship

Further Reading:

“God stretches the northern sky over empty space and hangs the earth on nothing. He wraps the rain in his thick clouds, and the clouds don’t burst with the weight. He covers the face of the moon, shrouding it with his clouds. He created the horizon when he separated the waters: he set the boundary between day and night. The foundations of heaven tremble; they shudder at his rebuke. By his power the sea grew calm. By his skill he crushed the great sea monster. His Spirit made the heavens beautiful, and his power pierced the gliding serpent. These are just the beginning of all that he does, merely a whisper of his power. Who, then, can comprehend the thunder of his power?” 
-Job 26:7-14

“For who is God except the Lord? Who but our God is a solid rock? God is my strong fortress, and he makes my way perfect.” 
-2 Samuel 22:33

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