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Sufficient Grace

If you’re like a certain blog author (who shall remain nameless), then you like the feeling of being in control. You like to know where and when you’re going, and you want to be the driver. You don’t have too much of a problem delegating, or letting others take part in your day. But when it comes down to it, you have no problem ripping the reins out of someones hands to get the job done.  Control is a way of life, and you love every power-laden moment:

Some people may call you a control freak, but you like to call yourself “independent, reliable, a perfectionist, and responsible.” When it comes down to it, those of us who vie for control are truly yearning for peace of mind and soul.  We want comfort and reassurance that we are walking down the right path and that someone will be there waiting for us at the end with open arms.

We realize at a young age that we can’t control other people, and that sometimes we cannot even control ourselves.  Other children took our toys or said mean things on the playground; we uninvited them to our birthday parties.  We learned that others will hurt us and let us down, and we can do the same in return.  As adults we learned that it’s impossible to control our loved ones, spouses, and children, as much as we wish we could.  We face circumstances that are so painful we’d give anything for an ounce of control with which we would relieve our hurt.  We expend endless amounts of time worrying about how we can fix things and coerce people into doing what we can see so clearly- the “right thing.”

The desire for extreme control can be an act of overcompensation for fear. Fear of failure, fear of loss, fear of disappointing self and others. There comes a time for all of us when we have to reconcile that we haven’t any control at all.  We are under the watchful eye of someone greater than our wildest dreams, and He has bestowed something better than the gift of control. He gives us His grace. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says:

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

When you think about God’s gift of grace surpassing our need for control, we are suddenly in a new ballgame.  His grace has freed us from the burden of control, and we can rest in his power. In fact, our weakness now only exists to show His awesome control.  Our lives are a journey, but sometimes we want to skip the voyage all together just so we can get to the end. There, we will happily rejoice that we made it! But our lives shouldn’t be about racing to the finish line, it’s about the process we took to get there.  God is refining us along the way, and it’s only when we stop to hear His whisper that we can truly find joy in His plan.  It’s only when we give up control, that He can move within us.

 

Author: Karly Wood

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