This summer I have been part of a book study on Tuesday nights at the church. Together we have been reading and discussing the book Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will by Kevin DeYoung. Last week I read a sentence in chapter three that hit me square between the eyes:
“Our fascination with the will of God often betrays our trust in God’s promises and provision.”
How true is that? We often get so caught up in wanting to know the future, and wanting to know how things will turn out as a result of decisions we make. We think we’re doing a noble thing by wanting to know God’s will, when in reality, we don’t trust that God knows what He’s doing. Check out what the book of James has to say on this matter:
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit” –yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” –James 4:13-15
At first glance, these verses don’t seem like very good news, because as human beings we obsess over planning every minute of every day of our lives, and we want to know what will happen in the future. But when we realize that we don’t control the future but God does, we realize that this is GREAT NEWS. I don’t know about you, but I am very glad that God is God and I am not. (If I were God, we’d have some big problems!)
So let’s take comfort in the fact that God not only knows everything that is going to happen, He also controls it.