This is part of a series called “Devotionals.”
“For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He has rejected you as king.” (1 Sam. 1:23)
This above Bible verse refers to how King Saul fell out of favor from the Lord because of partial disobedience, and fear of what others thought instead of God.
“I was afraid of the people and so I gave in to them.” (1 Sam. 15:24b)
In today’s devotional – Os Hillman describes an emergency protocol where if a jet pilot loses control of a plane and the plane starts to spin, the best action to take is to let go and take your hands off the controls. By doing this, the plane will right itself.
The concepts of control and caring what others think are ones that come to mind when reading these Bible verses. While I’ve become somewhat better at them (most of the time), I still struggle with and are tested on them.
Just because I am head of household in my family, senior worker at Fransmart, partner at The Halal Guys Southern California, director at SHAFT, partner at Paretto Management; and I will continue to have many more roles in my lifetime…God is still Lord over all of these entities and positions.
That means – as the main and only true owner – He gets final say and He gets to direct all initiatives and execution. I need to get off of the names I visibly see on the paycheck, licenses, on the list of board of directors, and shareholder stock certificates – and understand who’s really in charge.
I’d rather He be the boss over everything, anyway. He’s been in business longer than anyone I know (uhhh – since the beginning of time?); has infinite wisdom versus my limited capacity; unconditionally cares about me as his constitute; He is 110% reliable; and His plan is always better.
It would also be wise for me to take inventory of all the life-changing moments that have happened to me. Most likely they were unplanned and out of my control. Thank God.
This way of thinking and seeing control will also change my dependence on how others think and feel. Their pressure – which is self-imposed, shallow, misinformed, irrelevant, and contradictory to what God’s will is – loses its power. You can’t please everybody – Jesus couldn’t do that either, and trying to do that is a recipe for failure; and listening to others will most likely derail you from your own purpose in exchange for following someone else’s agenda. And being a carbon copy and/or following someone else’s path are not what I was brought here to be/do.
Let go and let God, and you are catering for an audience of One.