Running The Show…
It’s not uncommon for people to believe they are somehow in charge of their lives. People believe they create this thing, have an awesome idea or somehow manage to close the deal of the century. What most people fail to realize is they did nothing, they created nothing and have nothing. Oh, actually, we have our sin – that’s 100% us. The one possession that any person can point to and say with utmost confidence that 100% their creation is sin.
So, how do we change, how do we hand over the reigns to God? I’m glad you ask.
Let’s take another look at how we are, who we think we are and see if there is a clue wrapped up in this view as to how to turn it all over to God, the rightful owner.
The first requirement is that we be convinced that any life run on self-will can hardly be a success. On that basis we are almost always in collision with something or somebody, even though our motives are good. Most people try to live by self-propulsion. Each person is like an actor who wants to run the whole show; is forever trying to arrange the lights, the ballet, the scenery and the rest of the players in his own way. If his arrangements would only stay put, if only people would do as he wished, the show would be great. Everybody, including himself, would be pleased. Life would be wonderful. In trying to make these arrangements our actor may sometimes be quite virtuous. Source
Right at the beginning of the paragraph above are the words – “the first requirement”. This is our first clue that we are probably not running the show. Oh, we believe we have it all under control and everything is just peachy – until something goes wrong. Something always goes wrong.
Since one of our lessons is to learn to let go and be part of the scene instead the creator of the scene it may be one of the most valuable.
Psalm 27 KJV
A Psalm for David
12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.
13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.