Have you ever played God?
I manipulate situations, fret and fear over things beyond my control, and fight to change any unhappy circumstances.
At times, I think myself pretty powerful and self-sufficient, but playing God ultimately results in failure. There will always be situations, circumstances, and trials that are beyond my human control.
Recently I realized that in a certain area of my life, I have acted on behalf of God. I’ve called the shots and my heart has not been open to discussion. At first I blamed my desire for control on fear – fear from the past and fear of the unknown; however, I discovered fear is not the heart of the issue.
The real problem is trust.
Do I trust God with my life, my health, my children, my family?
My list of things I hold dear stretches into eternity and back.
Do I trust God enough to allow Him to be God?
It is not God’s job to make me happy, to bless me, or to fix my problems.
He may choose to do any of those things, but He’s not my genie in a bottle waiting to grant me three wishes or three dozen wishes.
He is God.
It is His purpose to bring glory to Himself through me.
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
He may choose to receive glory in my life by showering me with blessings or I may bring Him greater glory in the midst of trial and difficulty.
Either way, the glory is His.
When I assert my will over His and choose to have complete control of my life, I am saying that I know better than God. I trust myself more than I trust the God who hangs the stars in the sky, who gives my baby breath, and who knows my wicked heart, yet chooses to forgive me.
The concept of glory is pretty vague. Sometimes you think you catch a glimpse of it, then you turn your head and it’s gone.
Is it adoration, praise, fame?
Jennie Allen, in her Bible study Chase, said that Glory is making God known on earth.
When you or I bring God glory, we make God known to those around us.
The glory we bring to God may be the only bit of God someone sees.
Today I submit my control to the only one who is trustworthy. It is my desire to bring Him glory in both the good and the bad.
I officially quit playing God.
I wasn’t doing a very good job anyway.
To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent.
O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.
~ Psalm 30:12 (KJV)
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