Wednesday, 8 May 2019
But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid, just have faith” – Mark 5:36 NLT.
There is nothing that is an enemy of faith like one’s need for control. Most people are not content with not having things under their control. We are humans and we feel good when all things are under our control when we feel like we are on top of everything. This makes us feel safe and secure, it keeps us sane. Because of this, we then tend to feel the need to work very hard in ensuring that everything in our lives is under control. I mean, who would not want to be well informed about everything; what needs to be done, how and when it is going to be done; it gives inner peace. Having faith in God however comes to nullify all that, because faith is a substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen [Hebrews 11:1]. This means you have hope that everything will be alright, all will remain under control even if you are not sure of the when and the how.
The first step in learning to let go of control is to stop striving. We don’t have to strive to make our life turn out a certain way, we do not have to work hard to keep things under control; we just have to abide in Him. John 15:5 says that the one who bears much fruit is not the one who works hard, who strives, but rather it is the one who ‘abides’ in God. This means we can gain so much and do so much by doing absolutely nothing at all. If you find yourself in a situation where you crave control, the best thing you can do for yourself is to pray. I remember that at some point I had to go to God and be honest, I told Him how I felt. I confessed that I loved being in control, that it makes me feel safe and secure, it makes me feel like I have a purpose. But I know that being a control freak isn’t going to get me anywhere. I asked God to help me surrender control to Him, to help me trust in Him fully, so that I will not fear surrendering that control. In everything God is saying, “Do not be afraid, just have faith.”
We can gain so much and do so much by doing absolutely nothing at all