For those of you living in the United States that’s a question that you’re probably asking yourself – Is ANYONE in Washington, D.C. in charge? The government is in a partial shut-down with a financial default potentially just around the corner and our politicians are playing a game of “blame the other guy”. Instead of working on creative solutions to our problems they’re spending their time and energy trying to convince the American people that this crisis is not their fault – it’s the other guy’s fault. Those of you living in other countries probably have your own political version of the game.
It’s no secret to my non-American readers: Americans like to be in charge! It’s part of our cultural DNA. We like to run things. We like to be the decision-makers. We like to have the final word. We are in-charge people. We especially like to be in charge when it comes to our own lives. We call the shots. We make the decisions. No one tells us how to run our lives.
But the reality is that you have never been completely in charge of your life. When you were young your parents were in charge; they told you what to do. As you got older you thought that at last you were in charge of your life but then you met teachers, employers, coaches and various types of people in official capacities who told you what you could and could not do. You have probably been in charge of less of your life than you ever realized.
And that’s the way it is suppose to be for the Christian. You were not created to be in charge of your life nor were you saved to be in charge of your life. God created you to be dependent on Him. The original sin, both in terms of Satan (Isaiah 14:12-14) and man (Genesis 3:4-5) is a rejection of dependency on God. And that is still the underlying premise of all sin – rejecting our dependency on God. Even after we are saved we struggle with it (Romans 7:14-20) – we want to be in charge of our own lives. But scripture is clear (Proverbs 3:5-6) that we are to depend on Him. To put it succinctly, we are not in charge of our lives – He is, and no amount of protest to the contrary will change it.
What we fail to realize is that we will never be satisfied in life until we find our satisfaction in Him and our dependency on Him. The Psalmist understood this truth when he wrote:
As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. (Psalm 42:1-2)
O God, you are my God; early will I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. (Psalm 63:1)
Dependency on God leads to a thirst, a longing for God just as surely as dependency on water leads the desert wanderer to a longing for something to drink.
Dependency is not a weakness, in fact in the spiritual realm it is a strength. The Apostle Paul learned this lesson and came to the conclusion that he had to be dependent on God if he was going to endure his trial (2 Corinthians 12:7-10). His words still ring true, when I am weak, then I am strong.
So who’s in charge in your life? Who or what are you depending on?
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