The Good Thing About Being Out of Control

Erin Davis 04/24/14 | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Category: God ; 8 comments

The Good Thing About Being Out of Control

the·ol·o·gy noun : the study of God

We study God through His Word each Thursday on the blog. Our goal is to present the truth of God in a way you can digest and apply. This week we'll tackle the sovereignty of God described in verses like Job 42:2.

Did you take driver's ed? I did. My instructor would pick me up a few mornings a month before school to give me a chance to practice driving. As a fifteen-year-old, not-yet-licensed-driver, the feeling of being behind the wheel of a car was exhilarating. I got to choose where we went. How far the needle climbed up the speedometer was up to me.

I was in control.

Well … kind of.

That particular driver's ed car was equipped with two of everything that matters—two steering wheels, two brake pedals, two places to step on the gas. If I sped up too fast, my instructor could hit the brakes. If I steered us into oncoming traffic, the teacher could steer us back on track. I can see how someone whose job was to strap himself into a vehicle with inexperienced drivers, high on their newfound freedom, would want such a backup system in place.

If we imagine our lives through the lens of this scenario, most of us would place ourselves behind the wrong steering wheel. We like to think that we are the primary drivers. We get to call the shots. We see God as our backup, capable of steering us back on track should our own plans for our lives veer off track.

We need to shift from treating God like a spiritual genie whose job is to meet our every need and recognize instead that we are made for Him.

But God is the One in the driver's seat. Ultimately, He has total control. The Bible teaches that God either directly causes or allows everything. Nothing in history past or future is outside of His control. Nothing. Not wars. Not earthquakes. Not political leaders bent on evil. Even when it doesn't seem like it, God is ultimately the One behind the wheel.

The fancy word for this truth is sovereignty. God is sovereign. Translation: God is the highest authority. He has absolute control. The buck stops with Him.

The Bible is clear on God's sovereignty, but because it's a big idea, sometimes the importance of it whizzes right over my little head. In case that happens to you, too, here are the facts about the sovereignty of God along with the translation for why that matters in our lives.

God rules!

Translation: We don't.
Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,

"Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns"(Rev. 19:6, emphasis added).
God sits on the throne. We don't. That's true in a big, cosmic sense. God rules the universe. He rules the past, present, and future. (Did you hear that sound? That was this big stuff whizzing right over my head again!)

But God rules my life. He's ultimately in charge of what happens to me.

So what? What does that mean for how I live my life? It means I need to stop fighting for control and surrender (daily, sometimes hourly) to what God wants for me.

Do you live your life like God's in control or like you're in control?

We exist for God.

Translation: God does not exist for us.
The LORD has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble (Prov. 16:4).

For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen (Rom. 11:36).
The entire universe exists for God.

But sometimes we act like it exists for us, right? We think it's the job of the people in our world to make us happy. We want things in our communities, country, and world to fit into our agenda. We even want the weather to cooperate with our plans for the day.

But nothing was made for us.

It was all made for God.

So what? What does that mean for how I live my life? It means that we shift from treating God like a spiritual genie whose job is to meet our every need and recognize instead that we are made for Him.

God is in control.

Translation: You're not.
"I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted" (Job 42:2).
Nothing can stop the plans of God.

As in nothing. At all. Ever.

God is in charge.

That can make us feel like we're in a free fall. But the fact that God is in charge (and we aren't!) is actually a good thing. Nothing surprises God. Nothing happens that He does not allow or prepare for. You may feel out of control, but God never does. You may be powerless to change your circumstances, but God never is.

So what? You can live with confidence that God is always, constantly, consistently behind the wheel. You don't have to fight for control; you can surrender your life to Him knowing He's got this.

Do you live your life like God is sovereign? Meaning …

  • He rules! He's in charge. We are not.
  • It's all for Him. The world was not made to revolve around us.
  • He is in control. There's nothing in your life He cannot handle.
Or are you like a driver's ed student, pretending you're the one behind the wheel?

PS: If you want to dig deeper, here's a great article from John Piper, "Ten Reasons Why Believing In the Sovereignty of God Matters."


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    Follower of Jesus Christ
    on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10:29 am
    love this post! I HATE it when people say God is their co-pilot... I wanna say he is the pilot, the plane, the everything!
    on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 2:01 pm
    Wow! I loved this post! I love also how you gave the translations because a lot of times, it just flows over my head! Praise God for His AWESOME in-control-ness!! And since He's so sovereign, I can totally trust Him with everything in my life! Thank you once again! :)
    Excited for this!!!
    on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 2:53 pm
    This is the best! I am looking forward to Theology Thursday's now :)
    on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 9:24 pm
    I needed this! I am in a world history class right now and get so depressed hearing about all the awful things going on in the world right now. Poison gas in Syria, war in Ukraine, corruption in Africa, genocides everywhere... It just wrings my heart out! This post reminded me that no matter what is going on, God is in control. Oh and could you guys pray for my history teacher? I can tell she is not a christian and she often brings up the question of how people can fight and kill each other all "in the name of god" (false religions). I can tell she is just searching and doesn't get it. I really appreciated the post, Thanks!
    Last Edit: on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 12:36am by skrause  
    on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 4:50 pm
    I totally agree with you!! It can get so depressing, but then when I turn 2 God's word I feel a peace about it that I can't understand. I'm also taking world history this year, and I fell the same way. Thank u 4 sharing!! And,yes, I'll definatly b praying 4 your teacher.
    Hope this helps!
    on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 5:45 pm
    That is exactly what I needed to hear today! Because I do have my Problems with humble, with giving all the Control of my Life to god and I pray to become more and is such a relief, hearing that we are nothing compared to god, we can just give ihm the Whole Box with all my "Tried" rule and he will change that cruel reign of me into his Perfect reign....that is so liberating! And If terrible Things Happen, then I know, that god Knows and that's why I can be calm.
    Sarah, with the LYWB team
    on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 9:17 am
    I have prayed for your teacher this morning. Oh, how I pray God will give you the perfect opportunity, and the perfect gracious words to say, to cause your teacher to seek Jesus for the answer to her questions. How I pray God will use the world situation to cause her to look deeply at life and seek peace through a relationship with God through Jesus. God bless you for your heart to see the world and recognize the needs and hurt for the people of the world. May the Lord give grace and peace to you in the midst of such realization.
    Re: Abbey
    on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 4:58 pm
    Will pray for you and you teacher. I think it is so great that you, as Sarah said, have a heart for other people who don't know Christ. Thank you Erin! Gr8 post.

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