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God Is in Control - Michael Wodlinger
September 11, 2017

Before I moved forward to receive grace and redemption from the Lord, I sincerely believed I was in control of my life and its direction.  This perception was reinforced when a positive consequence followed my actions.  I also knew I had made a poor choice when I encountered a negative consequence.  Then I met Adonai Yeshua, the Lord Jesus, and He removed the scales from my eyes.  What a revelation!

I find the same understanding held by Balaam when he was asked by King Balak to curse Israel as they wandered through Balak’s territory on their journey to the Promised Land.  We find Balaam’s revelation in Numbers 22:18:  “Even if Balak were to give me his palace filled with silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of Adonai my God to do anything, great or small.”

Control over our lives is an illusion.  Why would a loving God allow this to happen?  Adonai Elohim, the Lord God, has given us the gift of free will – the ability to make our own choices.  We can be in His will or in our own, but there are consequences for each choice.  The consequence of recognizing God is in control is surrendering our will to His and allowing Him to take control of our major decisions. 

What is the downside of this?  Let’s look at a few verses in Scripture that address this question.  First Jeremiah 22:11, where Hashem tells us: “’For I know what plans I have in mind for you,’ says Adonai, ‘plans for well-being, not for bad things; so that you can have hope and a future.’”

Then in 1 Corinthian 10:13, Rav Sha’ul, the Apostle Paul, teaches us: “No temptation has seized you beyond what people normally experience, and God can be trusted not to allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear. On the contrary, along with the temptation he will also provide the way out, so that you will be able to endure.”

Clearly, we are responsible for the choices we make and, once made, they cannot be taken back.  Our choices don’t really impact us until they result in someone – perhaps ourselves - experiencing the consequences.  A driver decides to have one more drink, takes his car and hits someone crossing the road, killing them.  A young man or woman engages in intimate relations with relative strangers and contracts a venereal disease.  A family loses their home  due to a gambling addiction.  When these consequences come to us, we have little choice but to assume them. 

Once more Rav Sha’ul teaches us in Galatians 6:7:  “Don’t delude yourselves: no one makes a fool of God! A person reaps what he sows.”  Beloved, there is no neutrality in our choice-making.  Either we take the path of illusion, leading to pain and suffering, or we take the path of truth, leading to security, peace, joy and love with our Abba. 

Do you believe you are in complete control of your life?  If so, then what you are saying is that “indeed I am God.”

If you have not yet chosen to live the life Hashem, God, intended for you, I urge you to do that now.  The time is short and the consequences long.

Abba B’shamayim, Father in Heaven, I know I have made poor decisions in my life; I am so grateful you have accepted me as Your child and have shared the promises you gave to Avraham, Isaac and Jacob with me.  Thank you for the sacrifice Adonai Yeshua made for me, so I would be counted among the righteous on the Day of Judgment, that great Yom Kippur, still to come.  B’shem Adonai Yeshua, Mashichainu, Amein.

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