If you had total, absolute control over your life, how many things would you change? That's probably a pretty easy question. Once you had gotten your head around the possibilities, you'd probably start with your salary and then move to the behavior of your kids. Perhaps then you'd spend some time tweaking your spouse, then maybe adjust some health issues. You might even get rid of some bad habits you've developed or address some spiritual concerns you may have. It can be an exciting fantasy to consider.
How many of the problems that you are facing today would be gone? Where would you like to go back in time and change decisions you've made, take back unkind words, or undo bad choices? Are there things about the future that make you anxious? Surely you'd want to address those.
Life in a fallen world is hard. There are all sorts of things happening in your life right now that you wish you could change because we all regularly face brokenness that God never intended for us to face.
Our problems come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, they are minor annoyances. Other times, we will face such brokenness that it will change the whole trajectory of our lives. And those are the moments—where you are most clearly faced with your weakness and smallness— that you feel most out of control. It's during times like these that it can be most tempting to think that life is all about just getting by; just trying to survive.
But these are the times that we most need God's Word to speak into our darkness. The Bible is no book of fantasy or fairy tales; it's full of honest realism. The Bible is quick to acknowledge that, because of sin, life is hard. Many things are not the way they are supposed to be. But while our problems may confront us with our smallness and powerlessness, the Bible points us to something bigger. It points to a God who is meticulously sovereign over every single detail of our lives.
God is sovereign over weather (Matt. 8:27), the precise locations of fish (Luke 5:6; Jonah 1:17; Matt. 17:24-27), and the roll of the dice (Prov. 16:33). God's even sovereign over bathroom matters (1 Sam. 24:3)! It's not simply that God rules over every part of his world, but that he's working in it, bending and manipulating our circumstances to do good to us (Rom. 8:28)! Just think, all that meticulous sovereignty is employed to the end of bringing good to you and glory to himself.
In Ephesians 1, Paul reminded the church of God's rule. "And he put all things under [Christ's] feet" (Eph. 1:22). That means the world we live in is not out of control. The chaos we see is controlled chaos because we serve a God who is meticulously sovereign.
So it doesn't matter how the circumstances of your life appear to you. Or how helpless and out of control you feel. It's all under God's careful rule. And trust me, God is doing a better job of controlling your life than you would. Remember those bad decisions you'd like to undo? God doesn't make any of those.
Child of God, take heart. Trust in God, and there you will find peace. He promises us this much in his Word: "You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you" (Is. 26:3).