The Driver’s Seat
by Jim Rower
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” –Romans 8:28
Okay, I admit it. I’m a bit of a control freak. I like to be in control in most situations. When my wife and I are watching television, I like to have the remote controls. When we drive somewhere, I like to be the one driving. The list goes on…
I also like to be in control of my life decisions. In one of Pastor Sean’s sermons in January, he spoke about his/our desire to have God do things our way, according to our plan. Yep, guilty. I think I know what is best for me, what I “need,” and what will make me happy in this life.
Of course, as Pastor Sean pointed out, it’s completely absurd to think I know better than God what is best for me. I came upon this poem while in college over 40 years ago, and have kept it with me as a reminder that letting God have control of my life is really what is best for me—even if I don’t like it sometimes.
I asked God for strength, that I might achieve.
I was made weak, that I might humbly learn to obey.
I asked for health, that I might do greater things.
I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.
I asked for riches, that I might be happy.
I was given poverty, that I might be wise.
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men.
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life.
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for, but everything that I hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
–Bryan Chapell, Praying Backwards: Transform Your Prayer Life by Beginning in Jesus’ Name
Father God, forgive me for thinking that I know what is best and for putting my plans before Your plans. I want You to be in control of my life, even if that makes me uncomfortable at times. Help me to relinquish control to You, to live each moment of each day according to Your will and purpose, and to Your glory. Amen.
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