Giving Up Control
“And when I bring you back, people will say, ‘This former wasteland is now like the Garden of Eden! The abandoned and ruined cities now have strong walls and are filled with people!’” (Ezekiel 36.35 NLT).
Something truly stunning happens when we finally give God the mess of our lives: He turns our “wasteland” into a “Garden of Eden.” But when we allow our pride and shame to prevent us from giving our lives fully to God, we stop God’s amazing work of redemption from transforming us and our situations. The truth, however, is that if Jesus’ work on the Cross was strong enough to cleanse all of history of its sin, it is more than capable of cleansing us of our poor choices and circumstances. We just need to come to the conclusion that we obviously don’t know what we are doing, and we need our awesome God to take over. We can rely on God’s strength and wisdom when realize that we don’t have the answers and we don’t know how to find “paths of righteousness” on our own (Psalm 23.3). God wants to shine His glory in our lives, so this unbelieving world can see His love and mercy in us. He wants to create something beautiful in our lives not because we deserve it, but because of His great love for us as our Heavenly Father. But God will not force us to follow His lead. He waits for us to freely give Him the reigns of our lives, so He can create something beautiful out of our ashes (Isaiah 61.3).
“He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake” (Psalm 23.2-3 ESV).