To me, one of the best feelings ever is the feeling I get when I can make something work. The feeling of accomplishment that I get when I fix or create something is awesome. If I fix something at my house by myself – automatic man card points. If I build something that is functional and actually looks good – instantly feeling like a champ. Your welcome, Ariel! But then there are times when things don’t work as planned and that inevitable feeling of failure is quick to follow.

A few months ago, the ignition broke in my car. For days I researched how to fix it, gathered all of the tools I needed, and got to work. I spent hours on that thing! After a couple of weeks of working on it in my spare time, I was finally done. Went to start it up – nothing. Same problem. Time = wasted. I’m not going to lie, I was frustrated. I was mad and ultimately felt like a failure. Then I had this recurring thought “I should have let an expert handle this”.

 

While materialistic things seem silly and are ultimately trivial, I think we do the same with life sometimes (or at least I do). It’s easy to get so focused on making things work on our own (relationships, jobs, major life decisions) and trying to orchestrate or manipulate the outcome of our lives, that we forget to ask God to handle them. And when those things don’t go as planned, our world seems to come crashing down around us.

So how do we break this cycle of unnecessary heartache and wasted time?

We’ve got to let the expert handle things.

Colossians 1:17 says “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together”

Jeremiah 32:27 says “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?”

Countless places in scripture, God reminds us that HE is in control of EVERYTHING. He looks down from heaven and sees us in the times where life is thriving, and the times where life is a mess, and offers us Himself as the solution. The sovereignty of God displaces any need for us to “figure out our lives” by our own means and strength.

When I was a teenager and transitioning into adulthood, I often found myself wondering why certain relationships never worked out , why I never got “that job” why this never happened, etc. But now looking back, I see that the things I tried so hard to make work never worked out because God had something better planned for me in the long run. It wasn’t until I realized that, that I was able to become satisfied with whatever He had in store for my life. And now I am so thankful for it!

Ephesians 3:20-21 says:

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

If you’re struggling today with your circumstances, I would encourage you to do three things:

Trust in God’s sovereignty – He is on the throne, He created this universe, He defeated the grave. There’s nothing too hard for Him to handle and He can do “far more abundantly than all we ask or imagine”. He really is the expert!

Be Obedient If there’s one way we invite chaos and confusion into our lives, it’s from not being obedient to Jesus. As we intrust Him with our lives, He is going to call us to or away from things. It’s going to be hard, it might hurt, but obedience is always worth it and Jesus promises to take care of us in the process (Matthew 6:33)

Remember What God Has Already Done – One of the things the Israelites would do after God allowed them to experience victory was to set up altars. Each time they would pass these altars, they would remember how God provided and how faithful He was in coming through for them in the past. Think about past times where God provided for you and don’t let yourself forget what God has already done. Keep them in your mind and go to them often in expectation that He will remain faithful!

 

Brad Faulkner