Have you ever played God?
I have manipulated situations, fretted and feared over things that were beyond my control, and fought to change any unhappy circumstances. At times, I’ve thought myself pretty powerful and wise, but playing God ultimately results in failure. There will always be situations, circumstances, and trials that are beyond our human control.
Recently I realized that in a certain area of my life, I have acted on behalf of God. I’ve called the shots and my heart has not been open to discussion. At first I blamed my desire for control on fear – fear from past similar situations and fear of the unknown, always the worst; however, I discovered that is not the heart of the issue. The real problem is trust.
Do I trust God with my life, my health, my children, my family? It’s a list that stretches into eternity and back. Do I trust God enough to allow Him to be God?
I realize that it is not God’s job to make me happy, to bless me, or to fix my problems. He may choose to do any of those things, but He’s not my genie in a bottle waiting to grant me three wishes or three dozen wishes. He is God. It is His purpose to bring glory to Himself through me.
He may choose to receive glory in my life by showering me with blessings or I may bring Him greater glory in the midst of trial and difficulty. Either way, the glory is His. When I assert my will over His and choose to have complete control of my life, I am saying that I know better than God. I trust myself more than I trust the God who hangs the stars in the sky, who gives my baby breath, and who knows my wicked heart, yet chooses to forgive me.
Pretty stupid. I would say ignorant, but I know better. I’ve seen the hand of God at work in my life; I’ve experienced His forgiveness; I’ve known the depth of His love. I know better.
Today I submit my control to the only one who is trustworthy. I know that blessings or trials are His to decide and mine to accept. It is my desire to bring Him glory in both the good and the bad. I am officially quitting the job of playing God. I wasn’t doing a very good job anyway and would be fired sooner than later.
To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent.
O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.
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