Don't fight a losing battle
By Teresa A. LeNeave
Proverbs 16:9, "In his heart a man plan's his course, but the Lord determines his steps."
We make plans every day but God says, in the end, he determines our steps. That should give us comfort just knowing someone bigger, wiser, and more loving than we are has the controls. Some things you just can't change. You need someone greater. Someone who sees the whole picture.
I know you're thinking, "Than why is such and such happening in my life? It doesn't seem too loving." I agree with you. Many times life is tough. Sickness. Death. Divorce. No vehicle. No money for insurance. No money for rent. The list could fill up this page, but ultimately we know in our hearts that our faith has got to bigger than our fears.
Just one phone call can turn your life upside down. Give it to God. Don't fight for control. Don't fight a battle you can't win. He knows better than you do. You have a Savior who will walk through the valley with you. You've often heard, "The best things in life often come with the greatest risks," or, "Sunshine always comes after the rain". From experience, I can tell you difficult times doesn't mean God is not in the situation. In fact, the opposite may be closer to truth.
Cicely Tyson, who you may remember from the 1977 movie, Roots, or from the 2011 film, The Help, in an interview with Oprah, said this about trials she's gone through, "I appreciate the hard times in my life the most. They were the opportunities to rise above and go to the next level. To me, the negatives were the most positive because that's where I learned to be positive."
You may also remember the Bible story of Queen Esther. She was asked to go before her husband, the king, on behalf of her family who were Jews. She didn't want to go because she knew it could mean immediate death. A decree had gone out to kill the Jews, but Mortdecai, asked her a question that changed her mind. He asked, "Who knows, but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14)
There will be times in your life when you're not sure, either. You don't know what to do. The doctors may have given you a bad report. They may be expecting you to make a decision that you're not prepared to make. God can help you. Don't get in a hurry. Take your time before deciding. That's what Esther did. She said, "Give me three day." She prayed and sought God for an answer and then she agreed to stand up for her people. She knew all her plans could instantly be changed by God's plans.
All the time, we hear preachers tell us, "God has a plan for your life." You look at your life and you can't see how that is possible. That's when trust must take the lead and you have to give the controls to God. Esther had to trust God to save both herself and her people. It worked for her and it will work for you.
Trusting God will always prove profitable in the long run. We may not have all the answer, but thank God, he is the one who has the last word. He knows what's good for us in the long run. Don't fight for control. Give it to God. Like Cicely Tyson said, "The negatives were the most positive because that's where I learned to be positive."