"In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps."Isn’t it strange that God wants us to plan but reserves the right to change those plans. How weird that the bible instructs us to
“work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:12b-13)Our “work out” versus His “work in”. How strange a marriage of contradictions that we believers walk out each day.
Often in life, it is in the letting go of control that life happens. You know, we are qualified to live life but we are not qualified to control it. In hindsight I have come to understand that I have not been able to control anything of importance in my life.. health, death, relationships.. these are all parts of life that we often have to experience and not control. I am sometimes a stubborn controlling person who gravitates to the safe recesses of my brain (where I can control) and have difficulty with heart concepts like risk and faith.
One of the cornerstone scriptures supporting our trust of God’s providence is found in the 8th chapter of Romans:
”And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”It is another contradiction of sorts that God sometimes uses "bad" things to bring something "good" in our lives. Isn't it absolutely amazing that He takes these things (that we do control) to bring us to a place of trust where we become like Jesus. Makes you want to give up control ... even if it is just a small amount of it :)