Have you ever tried to control things so much that you create a rod for your back – and the very things you want to control begin to spiral out of control?
Whether it’s out of fear, insecurity, or simply a lack of trust in God or people, all of us are tempted to control things.
King Asa also wanted control.
He and his people were at war with King Baasha who had him surrounded. But rather than trusting in God to rescue him like He did previously, when he faced the Ethiopian and Libyan armies, he instead tried to control the situation by calling for help from King Ben-Hadad.
But rather than controlling the situation and providing security for his people, King Asa did the opposite, and led his nation into perpetual war. His efforts to control things led to a situation that became uncontrollable.
God told King Asa, “Because you have put your trust in the king of Aram instead of in the Lord your God, you missed your chance to destroy the army of the king of Aram… What a fool you have been! From now on you will be at war.” – 2 Chronicles 16:7&9b (NLT).
King Asa became angry and lost control of his temper, throwing the prophet that delivered this message into prison. He even “began to oppress some of his people” (16:10b).
When you try to control things rather than trusting in God, you may find that you not only lose control of the situation, but of yourself.
God’s strength is available to anyone who would look to Him for help. His invitation to Asa is the same invitation He has for you today:
“The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him” (16:9)
God is not looking for those who seek to take control, but those who choose to surrender it to Him. As you give God control of your situation, you will see the power of God move in a way that you could never imagine!