Why am I tempted to grasp for control, to fall into self-sufficiency, when my world most feels out of control? Wisdom tells me this is the worst thing I can do, the most dangerous position I can place myself in. The closer I grow to Christ and the more I come to know His character, the more grateful I am of His sovereignty. In fact, I praise Him that I’m not in control; that He is instead.
Consider this: When catastrophe hits, I’d much rather God, our all-knowing, all-powerful, all-loving Creator, manage the world than limited, short-sighted, and largely powerless Jennifer Slattery.
In my Faith Over Fear podcast, I encourage listeners to intentionally remember who God is, what He’s done, and what He’s promised. In short, to combat their fears with truth. God doesn’t want us to live in fear, and in Christ, we have all we need to live victoriously.
Here are some verses that anchor our hearts in God and help us to, daily, choose faith over fear:
Psalm 90:2 says, speaking of God, “Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God” (NIV). This tells me God existed before all things and will exist forever.
Hebrews 1:3 says, He sustains all things by His powerful word. When He speaks, light expels darkness and life conquers death. He knows all, what happened yesterday, what’s occurring now, and how every moment of history will unfold (Isaiah 46:10). He is enthroned as King over every nation, every kingdom, and every system, forever (Psalm 29:10).
Psalm 135:6 says, “The Lord does whatever pleases Him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths” and Proverbs 16:4 tells me He works everything out to its “proper” end. These realities might be terrifying, if not for the fact that His every action stems from His loving and attentive Father’s heart.