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Challenging times – who’s the boss?
By Gerry Mellors, Jubilee Church Wirral
I was feeling somewhat overwhelmed at the end of this week at the various things going on in my and my family’s lives.
It had been another tough week with unexpected things to deal with almost daily. My underlying trust in God’s faithfulness was there, but I was looking for some encouragement, and I asked God for wisdom as I read my Bible. This scripture from Colossians 4:1 really spoke to me and put a smile back on my face:
‘(Masters, treat your bondservants justly and fairly)… knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.’
It was that second part of the verse – ‘knowing that you also have a master in heaven’ – that I needed to hear. It reminded me again that God is in control and not me. He’s the boss. He’s the one who has the master plan. I don’t need to make sense of everything, I just need to trust that He can and does.
The Bible says God can see the end from the beginning in Isaiah 46:10:
‘I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’
Much of the time what is going on in my life doesn’t make much sense to me. I can’t see how God has a good purpose in it or why we have to go through a lot of the things we do. But I’m reminded it’s like working for a boss in a job on a production line where you can only see the little task in front of you to complete – whereas the boss sees the bigger picture and how it all pulls together to make something worthwhile.
I have no problem having a boss and not being in control of it all – what a relief, to know that someone else carries the can and is ultimately responsible!
That is true for me in my paid job, but also as a Christian. And that someone for me as a Christian isn’t just an earthly boss who gets tired, can be unpredictable, or forgets things….it’s a heavenly boss who knows everything, sees everything – past, present and future and who promises to work all things for the good of those that love Him (Romans 8:28).
He oversees my life and all its troubles, challenges, confusion and pain, and I am very happy to trust Him with it all and just keep trusting in Him, knowing how good and faithful He is.
Thank God that I am not in control but that He very much is!
Gerry Mellors of Jubilee Church Wirral with her husband Arlo
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