Do You Trust the One in Control?

December 9, 2021

Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.”

 

 And you, be fruitful and multiply, increase greatly on the earth and multiply in it.

Gen 11:4; Gen 9:7

Written by Brian Scott from the Brentwood Campus

My lovely wife and I lived in Florida for five and a half years early in our marriage. Those were the golden years. You know, the time when you have a close-knit group of friends that you keep for your entire lives. You have scores of fun experiences together, and everything just seems to fit. Your calling, your friends…it’s a time you look back on fondly for the rest of your lives.

The Lord has led us to different places since then. I wouldn’t have missed any of it, but I still talk about how much I’d like to move back. Problem is, the Lord simply hasn’t called us to go there. And He always has good reasons. But a year or so ago on a visit, I had a bit of a revelation. The place that I remember and look back on so fondly just doesn’t really exist anymore. It is such a different place. Sure, some of the same folks are nearby, and we still have some dear friends there—but none of us are the same people.

The truth is the Lord knows what He’s doing. If you try to hold on to something when He instructs you to let go, you’ll soon find it’s sand slipping through your hands. We don’t know what’s best—and we do a terrible job of being in control.

After God used the ark to save Noah and his family from judgment in the flood, God reiterated His command from the beginning: “But you, be fruitful and multiply; spread out over the earth and multiply on it” (Genesis 9:7). But the people found a nice valley in the land of Shinar and decided they would just stay there. Sure, God had spoken and had commanded them to multiply and spread out over the earth. But this was pleasant. They were together. They had friends and circles of influence. They were blessed. It was a great time. So why ruin that? Why risk the unknown?

They failed to realize that it was God who made this golden place to begin with. He was the source of blessing. He was—and always is—the One who knows what’s best. He is the Almighty and omnipotent God whose nature is love. Not to trust and follow Him is pure folly.

  1. Is there something or somewhere to which God may be calling you? Do you trust Him?
  2. Is there someone you can encourage to follow Him wherever He leads?

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