9.27.2013

What it means to be more than conquerors

I'm in a phase of life right now in which a lot of really important things are riding on the decisions of someone else. The biggest of those stressors has been applying for a home loan (I actually have so many wonderful things to say on the home front topic--more on that soon.) My husband and I went through an arduous three and a half weeks of submitting document after document to the bank on a daily basis, only to be asked to submit even more. Then our closing date was pushed back, prolonging the process yet again.

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?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this post and the beautiful reminder that "the only one who controls our future is the One who laid down His life for us and loves us unconditionally." Too often we feel that other people have such control over our lives. It is good to remember that God is still in control.

skaymisk423 said...

Wow. I really needed to hear this. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing what God put on your heart.

Michelle said...

My husband has been unemployed for 8 months. We feel completely powerless to change it. No matter how many applications he submits or interviews he attends, the decision always goes against him. We have never felt more at the mercy of the decisions of others. We would so appreciate your prayers.