Due to health problems, I fell into a deep depression. I’d been conscientious about taking care of my body, eating the right foods, getting exercise, and staying fit. As a health nut, I’d believed that all illness had a present, fixable cause. Now as I tried every remedy under the sun from fasting to juicing to herbal remedies, I began to realize genetics had a mind of their own, and that I might not be able to cure myself.
In other words, some of my problems were outside of my control.
So I began to feel that all problems were outside of my control. And it was then that my frantic efforts gave way to a melancholic paralysis. I joined Abraham Lincoln in what he called “the dungeons of despair.”
Did you know that God created us for power? He wants us to feel powerful. Wait, how can that be? We’re sinful and weak. Well, that may be true of our fallen condition, but the Creator’s design calls out to us from Eden lost, bringing with it dissonance between our fallen weakness and the strength for which God created us when He said, “Have dominion . . .” (Genesis 1:26-28).
He waits to restore us to power through Christ who strengthens us.
When circumstances outside our control sting us with the realization that there are some things over which we lack control, we can gather together our remaining options and “have dominion” over them.
Scan through the problems in your life to identify just three choices you can make today to exercise dominion over your circumstances.
Thank God that you still have this freedom, even if many things are outside of your control. Use this freedom, and then thank God for it. Tell at least one person today how God has helped you.
Dear Creator-God, thank you for giving us free will, agency, individuality, and choice. You have said that without You we can do nothing, but that we can do all things through Christ Who strengthens us. Strengthen us now, Lord Jesus, to redirect our attention to the choices we can make for good, and then give us the strength to make those choices. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who will also do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24