Think about that. It goes against everything we think we want as best for us because by and large we are all control freaks. But the God of the Bible will not be controlled. Instead, He is in control (A.K.A. God’s sovereignty).
Think about all the things that are beyond our ultimate control…
When we were born… where we were born… who our parents and siblings are… our intellectual capacity or physical attributes. We aren’t even in control of how much we are able to mature in Christ (Hebrews 6:1-3, with an emphasis on v 3).
We cannot control the weather… what our children do when they leave home… what our spouse does… the events or circumstances that happen to us nor the affections of our own heart.
We cannot control politicians… the economy… other nations… global trade… nor just about anything else you want to name.
It is that last paragraph I ask you to contemplate most intently. We are called to love the God we cannot control. This is consistent with what Jesus said was the first and greatest commandment as written in Matthew 22:36-38… “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.”
If God causes/allows us to be persecuted, we’re to love Him.
If God does or does not answer our prayers, we’re to love Him.
If God propsers or doesn’t prosper us, we’re to love Him.
If God gives us health or sickness, we’re to love Him.
If God elevates or de-elevates us, we’re to love Him.
If God chooses to take everything from us… EVERYTHING… including our health, family, mind, and possessions, we are to love Him!
No matter what God does… causes… or allows into our life, we are to love Him!
In other words, we are to love the God we cannot control. Then, and only then, will we be content with Him alone… to His glory.