Due to Circumstances Beyond Our Control
“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”
Romans 12:18 KJV
“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live…” Deuteronomy 30:19
Almost all of our life is a matter of our choices. Every choice has its consequences, for good or for bad. And yes, we do have great influence over our destinies by the choices we make along the way. We cannot emphasize too much our role in the way our lives unfold. We do reap what we sow whether passively by what we hear or actively by what we say and do.
But that is not all there is to life. There are things that affect our lives over which we have no control. We don’t choose our parents or our siblings. We don’t choose our height or our skin color, the color of our eyes or the size of our noses. (Notwithstanding plastic surgery)
But one of the most pervasive false notions that many believers fall into is the idea that we are in control of everything in our lives and therefore we are responsible for every outcome. Or, on the other hand, we have no control over our lives, everything is predetermined before we are born and there’s nothing we can do to change it.
Jesus came and modeled for us the true way of life. There are things we can control and there are things we must respond to after the fact, things that we did not plan or anticipate. When the unexpected, unplanned events of life invade our times we have choices we can make in the manner of our response whether those things are positive or negative.
While there are things that come into our lives as a direct result of the choices we make, there are times when we face situations and circumstance that seem to come from nowhere. In those times we need to be grounded firmly in the knowledge of God’s Word, because it is there we will find our peace and gain perspective on the reality of our circumstances, so that we can respond to them not with fear, but with wisdom, knowledge and understanding.
There are situations that despite our best effort we cannot change: they way people think of us, whether they love us or hate us. Some will not be at peace with us no matter what we do. For our part we must stay in peace with them until and unless they choose to cross the boundary of our loved ones, our home, our life, our place of peace, Then we are right to do whatever is necessary to defend those in our charge before God. It is right to defend the innocent and the weak, to stand up for the poor and the disenfranchised. Conflict is not desirable nor is it our first response but if we must fight we should do so with faithful resolve to win.
Evil tidings may come but they don’t have the upper hand when the Word is first place in our hearts.
“He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.” Psalm 112:7
Our faithful unswerving love for God and trust in His Word fixes our hearts in such a way that bad news is not the last news. God always has the final Word for those who trust in His Word by faith.
When things are out of our control they are still in our Father’s control. And He has said,
“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.” Isaiah 54:17
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
“And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Luke 11:9
He has also said, nothing is impossible with Him.
“And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” Mark 10:27
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10
Circumstances come and go and sometimes things go awry and in ways we can’t control, but in everything God is with us to deliver us, to sustain us, to keep us by His grace and power, to supply all our need, to heal us, to save us to the uttermost and to bring us life and that more abundantly.
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10