A few years ago, during a hot and humid summer, I was privileged to spend a few days away at a lovely high-end resort. I am a person who requires little to no air-conditioning, preferring to be a bit warm versus cold.
Naturally, the resort had the rooms adequately cooled for the comfort level of the masses, not me. It was frustrating when I adjusted the thermostat in my room to suit my comfy preference and then shortly after it defaulted back to the original chilly setting. This happened numerous times making me ever so cold and uncomfortable.
I then inquired with the resort personnel about how to turn off the AC in my room. I was shocked to learn that turning it off was not an available option to guests. I put on my jacket and piled ALL the bedding from the second bed on top of me and finally got some rest.
During prayer the next morning, the Lord put a lesson on my heart. The oration I heard in my spirit went like this, “If you fight/resist ME the Master Control of life, it will be frustrating. Comfortable is not always a life option, joy dissipates in resistance, and your self-efforts to control will prove to be in vain.” An unexpected analogy, gifted by the compulsory experience of a frigid night.
This was not the voice of an arrogant, domineering, bully god. No, this was a message from the living Creator God, who was, and is, and is to come. I know He loves me. He is sovereign over all because He created everything–we are the workmanship of His hands. He has power and authority that mankind would be wise to heed. As I see circumstances in my nation unfolding, I think many are making futile attempts to control or change things they cannot, much like me trying to override a cooling system that I had no authority or power to do so.
I believe people in the US, who are currently agitated, angry, and frustrated over things out of their control, would find peace, comfort, and rest if they were to yield themselves to God’s sovereign authority.
David spoke often of God’s strength and attributes throughout the Psalms. “For I know that the Lord is great; our Lord is greater than all gods. The Lord does whatever he pleases in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all the depths. He causes the clouds to rise from the ends of the earth. He makes lightning for the rain and brings the wind from his storehouses” (Psalm 135:5-7, CSB).
David also spoke of his own position in contrast to God’s righteous sovereignty. “When my heart was embittered And I was pierced within, Then I was stupid and ignorant; I was like an animal before You” (Psalm 73:21-22, NASB).
David warns those who turn to their own ways. “But as for those who turn aside to their crooked ways, The Lord will lead them away with those who practice injustice. Peace be upon Israel” (Psalm 125:5, NASB).
Have you ever found yourself frustrated while trying to control things you could not? Have you chosen to submit to the authority of God?
I invite you to join me in praying one of David’s prayers acknowledging God as Almighty.
“May you be blessed, Lord God of our father Israel, from eternity to eternity. Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the splendor and the majesty, for everything in the heavens and on earth belongs to you. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom, and you are exalted as head over all. Riches and honor come from you, and you are the ruler of everything. Power and might are in your hand, and it is in your hand to make great and to give strength to all. Now therefore, our God, we give you thanks and praise your glorious name” (1 Chronicles 29:10b-13, CSB).
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