Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. Psalms 127:1-2
Who's in Control?
As men, husbands, and fathers we have been given a divine role of leadership from God. With the role of leader we often fall short not because we don’t have all the tools we need to be great leaders, but we often neglect the one that can teach/guide us to use these tools correctly. How often do you find rest in knowing the one true God, creator and sustainer of the entire universe, wants you to be dependent upon Him?
If you are reading this blog post then undoubtedly you have been dependent on something or someone in your lifetime. How do I know? For starters we all come into this world naked and totally helpless. If we were left to our own devices straight out of our mother’s womb we wouldn’t survive, and quite frankly the human race would be completely eradicated. Now let’s look at it from another point of view.
New Creature through Christ!
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” 2 Corinthians 5:17. The text leading up to verse 17 explains once we put our hope in Christ we no longer live for ourselves, but we now live for Christ because He died and rose on our behalf. Why is this important? If you profess to be a follower of Jesus Christ (a Christian) then everything you do as a “new creature” should be done to glorify God. Of course, we won’t do everything to perfection, but our God is a gracious God that uses our obedience and disobedience to glorify Himself!
God is in Control!
Therefore being a new creature constitutes a new dependency in God through Christ because the old creature depended upon the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16). Now as men redeemed by Christ we are no longer in control of our own lives, and this alone should make you marvel and rejoice in the fact you can rest in Christ and Christ alone. If we aim to build the house, build our families, build the Church, watch over the city, build our careers, or any other thing without the Lord then we labor in vain.
In conclusion, don’t waste your life sacrificing your time, sleep, labor, family, etc. trying to control everything. We weren’t created to control everything, and the things God has given us dominion over He also gives us wisdom through His Holy Spirit to navigate. The key is to always put your trust in the Lord, because our lives will turn out to be a total waste if we gain the entire world and lose our souls. For the Christian the answer to who’s in control should be clear by how we love God, love our neighbors, and live out our lives in this world!