Control verse Responsibility

When you are a child you have little control and little responsibility. As you grow older it is the job of parents to bestow on you greater responsibility. It is through this process you learn independence and how to be more self reliable. With greater responsibility comes a sense of control. For some of us the ability to control what we perceive we are responsible for gives us a sense of fulfillment, accomplishment and meaning in our world. During times of stress people have a tendency to try to do 2 things. Either take a hands off approach and say that’s not my responsibility. Thus they turn tail and run away. The other tendency is for someone to try and take control. Force the situation in a way that makes them feel like they have peace with the situation.

During times of stress most people do one of these 2 things: take no responsibility or try to take control. It is helpful to know what your individual tendency is so that you can be more aware. But the ultimate heart of the issue is a lack of reliance and faith in the sovereignty of God. When in the middle of the storm do you run from the storm, panic and to take control of the boat or sit peacefully praying to your Heavenly Father to guide your steps. For when things get messy and we feel uncomfortable God is very much in control of the situation. He is not absent. All you have to do is ask for his intervention with faith in his provision.

So the next time you feel stressed don’t run, don’t take control, no look to God and ask that he be present and walk you through the process of weathering the storm.

That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” Mark 4:35-41

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