“One of the multitude said to him, “Teacher, bid my brother divide the inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or divider over you?” And he said to them, “Take heed, and beware of all covetousness; for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
One thing we all want in our lives regardless of age, gender or status is control. Be it over other people, within ourselves or control over things which give us a feeling of being the masters of our own destiny. We eat the right things, we work out, we drive a Volvo, we look both ways before we cross the road, we put money in the bank, we try to get a secure job, etc. Then the phone rings, or someone runs a red, or the stock market crashes, or the boss calls you into his office and everything changes. Your life can change in the blink of an eye and there is nothing you can do about it. Times like that cause us to take stock of our lives and may cause us to seek God, because there is nowhere else to turn. You have no control of events in your life because ultimately there are too many variables and you don’t know what plans God has for you. We have to come to the realization that we really, truly have very little control in this life.
And then we accept that God-and God alone-is in control. If you are struggling with this, maybe the verse in Romans will help: “We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).” May we give our need to control over to the creator and sustainer of all things and be comforted in knowing that He is actively working in our lives.