When We Aren't in Control

 

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For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise  the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” 1 Corinthians 1:18-19

One thing I learned during my years in the psychology profession is that human beings have a huge need for control.  I had a favorite prof during my school years who used to drum into our heads that the one thing we, as humans, cannot tolerate is ambiguity.  

We have a need to know.  

And as the old adage suggests "Knowledge is power."

I think we truly believe that, particularly in this day and age - we are knowledge and technology driven.

It never ceases to amaze me that 

"God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong." (vs.27)

I have to admit that I struggle with not knowing.  I don't want to appear foolish.  I don't want to be weak.

Realizing that God can use me ... foolish and weak ... ironically gives me strength.  Yet, I know full well where that strength comes from.

And it's ok not to know.

It's ok not to know the outcome of the next test.

It's ok not to know what is going to happen next.

It's ok not to be strong.

It's ok to look foolish in the eyes of the world as we fix our hope on, not our power, but God's.

While I may never completely be ok with ambiguity, and at times might struggle mightily against it, I know God is with me.  That He will be the one to help me.  That He will be the one that will give me strength when I need it.

It does sound foolish, doesn't it?

I guess for once, I am glad to be counted a fool.

Father God, It is even harder to live, trusting in You, in our world than it has been for a very long time.  Help us to know, that as we trust Your strength to get us through seemingly impossible times, that we are showing the world the power that lies in You.  Amen and amen.

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