For almost an entire month, I was anxiously watching my phone every single minute, waiting for it to ring with good news from our bank, only to be told there was still more paperwork needed. It was hard to believe that something as important as where we make our home and God-willing raise our children could be resting in the hands of total strangers.
We thank God that the loan approval just came through! But that hasn't been the end of the ordeal, of course, and there are so many "moving parts" to various aspects of my life that the sense of relief I expected to feel after the approval wasn't as strong as I had expected. As I was cooking dinner tonight, I thought to myself, "Wow, it sure will be nice when I don't have to wait for other people to make important decisions about my future."
And immediately God pressed upon my heart the reminder that no one is making decisions for me except for Him.
We are at His mercy, not at the mercy of banks, government leaders, school systems, or any other organization or person that we think holds power over our lives.
The Lord is the one who raises up earthly powers and brings them down. (Daniel 2:21)
There is nothing that happens to us that is not first filtered through His sovereign, loving hands. (Matt 5:45, Ro 8:28)
He will provide for all of our needs. (Phil 4:19)
His plan is to prosper us and not harm us. (Jer 29:11)
The circumstances we experience in life are all working a greater weight for us in glory, and accomplishing a larger purpose that we can only begin to understand. (2 Cor 4:17)
Our role is to trust God and seek His face in everything that we do. Those feelings of helplessness and powerlessness we experience? They're not from Him. In Jesus, we are more than conquerors! (Ro 8:37) In the original Greek, this phrase was a single word that means "to prevail completely over." It refers to an absolute and final victory. THAT is what we have in our God. Before we even know about a problem's existence, it is already solved and we have the victory over it!
The truth is that we are not waiting for anyone or anything but the Lord...and He will never let us down. Let us keep reminding ourselves that the only one who controls our future is the One who laid down His life for us and loves us unconditionally. And for that reason, we can look beyond our circumstances and know with certainty that we are blessed beyond measure.
In what ways are you feeling powerless and at the mercy of others right now? How can we pray for you?