We will examine what it means to be in control of the things around us. It is my desire that you will gain wisdom in the area of control.
As a young boy, my parents taught us the importance of gardening. We had a few family gardens that we grew vegetables. Those were truly the good days and I am glad to have gone through it because the lessons that I learned in the garden has helped me manage corporations today.
One of the first lessons my parents taught us was on sowing or planting of seeds. We tilled the soil and planted maize seeds into the soil. I can clearly remember the day I planted my first maize seeds. A few weeks after planting my seeds, my parents sent me to go to the garden and find out if there were maize plants that had sprung up. I was amazed to see the little maize plants. It fascinated me that the maize seeds that I planted had sprouted into little tiny maize plants.
I learned that there were things that happened to the maize seeds that I had control over and other events that I had no control over. I had control over sowing the seeds. I could control the spot in which to place the seeds. But, I didn’t have control over the germination and growth of the seeds. I also realised that I had no control over the size of the corn or maize harvest that the maize plant would produce.
Genesis 8:22 “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease”.
In the Bible verse above, it shows us that we can control seedtime but we cannot control cold and heat or winter and summer.
This is great wisdom. Discovering what you can control and what you can’t control will transform your life. Your desire to finding answers to the things that you can’t control draws you one step closer to seeking God. Your faith is made perfect when you come to trust the Lord for the results of things that you can’t control.
Most people make big plans for tomorrow or the years ahead but they forget that they do not have control over the sunset and the sunrise. There is a Bible verse that speaks of this.
James 4:13-15 “Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that”.
The Bible verse above teaches us something remarkable. It teaches us that we should hand over what we can’t control to the Lord in prayer. You may have control what to buy or how much money to spend, but no one has control of tomorrow.
When I launch out for a business presentation to sell a service, the first thing that I do is to identify what I can control and those things that I can’t control. I can control what to say, so I speak passionately. I can control how I present myself, so I put on the right attire. I can control when to get there, so I get up early and drive to the client. But I can’t control tomorrow and I can’t control if my services would be approved or not. I then take those things that I can’t control to someone whom I know has control. His name is Jesus and His promises never fail. It is my prayer that you receive the divine wisdom to identify what you can control and handover what you can’t control to God.
Father, I thank you for your wisdom this month. I trust your power and your wisdom. I pray that you grant me the grace and passion to perform the things that are within my control. May I receive divine favour for the things that I can’t control in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen
May you exercise divine wisdom today,