In the western hemisphere people love controlling everything! We love to organize. Get things done. Plan our life. We live in a state of constant security and we plan everything around it. Our lives are planned from the from the beginning to the end. We have at least 10 types of insurance, a good pension plan, and most of us have our agenda’s full for at least two years. In fact, in Holland it is hard to organize anything at the last minute, because most people’s agenda’s are already full. Leaving no time for any changes.
But how can God use us if we have our whole life already planned out? Perhaps this is one of the reasons why we in the west have such a hard time trusting God. We want to control everything. Most of all we love to try and control God, through many rules and regulations, churches and organizations. But God cannot be controlled!
From my experiences in the past years I have realized that when God starts working in your life… He changes your agenda! Leaving you feeling as if you have no more control of what is going on. At this point you have to live in the “Now” and trust him completely, even though you cannot see him. It is then that he can use us. Losing control of your life… means we have to TRUST him totally, and then miracles start to happen.
“Living life in the “now” means trusting completely in a God we cannot see.”
Imagine losing your agenda and your Phone. Imagine not knowing if you have an appointment for the next year. Will you trust God? Or frantically try to reclaim you life? God is a God of perfect timing. If we trust him than we know He has a plan. And he doesn’t expect us to live completely without plans… but walking with God means that unless you know for certain it is his plan, your plans should be tentative. Leaving things open for him to change.
You cannot contain God in your agenda! God is God…. He has his own agenda.
He doesn’t always tell us what he wants to do. So that we learn to trust him. If you fill up your agenda, how can you follow God when he calls you? Jesus taught complete trust in the father, even when you don’t know the future. From my experience, as soon as we start thinking we know how God works and we try to control him, He changes his tactics and starts doing something else. Just to let you know He is in control. NOT YOU. He doesn’t come on command. He cannot be contained in a building. God does as he pleases.
In Israel the mentality is very different. Most people are actually constantly living in the “now”. In fact it is hard to make any plans in Israel, because people will ask you to call them at the very last minute, and plans can change quickly. It means you have to be open for change and new opportunities every minute of the day. I once said in a lecture: “How do we know God is still the God of Israel?… He does things on Israëli time.” When God speaks in Israel, most people will be ready to give him the control.
When we loose control and get rid of our agenda it makes us feel very insecure, because we don’t know what is going to happen. A creepy feeling of helplessness comes over us. Our society has forced us into living a controlled life. To get anything done we have to plan 2 years ahead of time. We have to run the race, to get the finances. We have to support ourselves. Or do we really need so much? Maybe we have made it this way. We want the house, the car, the higher education. We have created our own stress… and there is no way to escape it, because we are part of that society. But what if we truly only find fulfillment by living with God right now… trusting that he is with you. To trust God is to have total faith in him. To believe him and know for sure that he is there and then to turn put your faith into action by stepping into the unknown and trusting him with your life. If we trust God to control our life than our insecurity will turn into FREEDOM.
Living in the “Now” means constantly being aware that God is all around you. That you can commune with him. Right here. Right now. Give him control and he can use you. His agenda is much more spectacular than yours!
Jennifer B. Guetta
Matthew 10:39″He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.”
Matthew 16:25 “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.”
Mark 10:24 “The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus answered again, “Children, how hard is it for those who trust in riches to enter into the Kingdom of God!”