More Than Conquerors
This week we learned of all the new requirements from the Austrian government concerning Covid-19 restrictions and returning to school on Monday. We listened to the press conference on Monday evening, which indicated that there would be more information coming out for schools. And then we waited. In the meantime, we began to make plans based on the information that we had. Waiting for more instructions was not easy. Fortunately, there were no changes to what was announced on Monday, so we were able to use the plans that we had already formulated and communicated.
It seems like there are a lot of times in life when we are waiting on someone else to make a decision that will affect us and how we live. As much as we desire to always have control over our own lives, that just isn’t possible. This week I came across a devotional written by Angela Watson. What caught my eye was her opening line: “I’m in a phase of life right now in which a lot of really important things are riding on the decisions of someone else.” My immediate response was, “That’s me! That’s my life right now!”
Watson shared that God reminded her during a difficult time that “no one is making decisions for me except for Him. We are at HIS mercy, not at the mercy of banks, government leaders, school systems, or any other organization or person that we think holds power over our lives.” Wow, did that hit the nail on the head for what has been happening this week!
Watson went on to share several verses that remind us that God is in control.
- The Lord is the one who raises up earthly powers and brings them down. (Daniel 2:21)
- There is nothing that happens to us that is not first filtered through His sovereign, loving hands. (Matthew 5:45; Romans 8:23)
- He will provide for all of our needs. (Philippians 4:19)
- The circumstances we experience in life are all working to accomplish a larger purpose that we can only begin to understand. (2 Corinthians 4:17)
She concluded her article by saying, “Let us keep reminding ourselves that the only one who controls our future is the One who laid down His life for us and loves us unconditionally.”
During times when we feel that others are making decisions that are affecting us and we are struggling with that feeling of not having control, remember what Watson said. “Before we even know about a problem’s existence, it is already solved and we have the victory over it!”
Because of His Faithfulness,
Dr. Sharon C. Brobst, Director