September 5, 2017

The Lord Reigns


We often live, sometimes unintentionally and sometimes very intentionally, as if we are in control of our own lives.
           
We are not in control. We are not Lord over our own lives. Every ounce of our being cries out to be in charge of our lives…and fix everything. And yet that is the exact opposite of faith and trust. It is completely contradictory with yielding and following. It is totally contrary to making God the foundation of our lives.
           
When we build our lives on the foundation that is God and keep Him at the center, He becomes our whole life – not just a part. He is our all in all.
           
When we continually grow in our walk with the Lord, we will eventually find it very natural to pray about everything first and not wait until after we have exhausted all of our other resources. If we are doing everything in our own effort first, then we are still placing ourselves in the position of being Lord of our own lives.
           
Do you ever pray in such a way that it sounds like you’re telling God how He should fix things for you? I find myself falling into that pattern way too often, and I have to stop and surrender my will to His, acknowledging His sovereignty in my life and over my circumstances.
           
Another temptation is to view God’s position as Lord of our lives as a weakness. If we listen to what the world says, we may see our dependence on God as giving up much of ourselves, when the opposite is actually true. We will gain much when we put God first, because we release His power to work and flow more freely when we give Him access to every corner of our hearts. What others may perceive as a weakness is actually wisdom and strength on our part!
           
It’s only when we give God full authority and allow Him the rightful position of reigning as Lord over our lives that we will see the person He uniquely designed emerge as the workmanship He created us to be.


Psalm 93:1-2
The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty;
The Lord is clothed, He has girded Himself with strength.
Surely the world is established, so that it cannot be moved.
Your throne is established from of old;
You are from everlasting.