May 11 – When I Get Out – Giving Up Control and Knowing Him

Read Colossians 3:16a and 2 Peter 1:2

I admit it. I’m a bit of a control freak. Many leaders are. In fact, I’m not even a big fan of surprises…because they’re out of my control!

But I have been learning there are many things I cannot control in life. That lack of control can create not only uncertainty, but also anxiety.

So you can guess how I initially responded during this coronavirus quarantine. I loved spending more time at home with my wife, but I also felt a bit like a caged animal because all of this was out of my control.

Recent days have reminded me of bedrock truths on which I have built my life – especially the importance of the Word of God. Nothing produces peace during uncertain times like the perspective which comes from knowing that God is in control. That’s why Paul wrote to the Colossians: “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you….” (Colossians 3:16a NASB).

It’s a bit like flying. I’m not a big fan of turbulence, but few things are more exhilarating than breaking through clouds below into the calm and glow of a higher altitude. That’s what the Word of God does for us. It provides perspective when things are turbulent down here on earth.

Early in this season of social distancing, Pastor Randy Moomaw challenged us to memorize 2 Peter, and I joined the challenge. Immediately I was confronted with these words: “Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Peter 1:2 – NIV).

When Peter uses the word “knowledge,” he’s talking about knowledge that comes by personal experience.  That personal knowledge of God comes through interacting consistently with His Word.

Sure enough! God showed me again that peace does not come when I’m in control. It only comes to me when I understand that He is in control.

In the middle of all this uncertainty, I’ve been reminded that real peace is available only through my personal knowledge of Him!

And I’m taking that with me to “the other side” of this quarantine!  I hope you will, too!

Bob Fetterhoff

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