Like most of you, I like being in control. In the last few weeks, we have learned there are many things over which we have no control. One of the greatest temptations of every Christian is that desire to be in control. We want it our way. We have bought into Burger King’s slogan “Have it your way!” We sing with Frank Sinatra, “I did it my way!” Too often our way is in direct conflict with God’s way. I believe that a simple definition of sin is “doing it my way and not God’s way.”
Several years ago my wife stenciled on our living room wall the words from Psalms 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God.” The words “be still” are intriguing, for they are at the core of our trust in God. The Hebrew word here could be translated, “to let go, to release.” This is not passive. We are being instructed to actively let go in order to know that God is in control.
Precisely the same idea is expressed by Moses as he stands on the banks of the Red Sea, just before, through the power of God, he divides the waters so the Israelites can cross of dry ground. The people stand there. The situation looks hopeless. The armies of the Egyptians are closing in behind them and the water of the Red Sea stands in front of them. Escape seems impossible. Disaster seems inevitable. But then Moses utters these reassuring words, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
In the most difficult and impossible situations in life, we need to learn to be still, to trust in God. In fact, in all circumstances of life, we need to learn to be still and trust in God. He is in control.
Dr. Wayne Shaw (R-Grove) has been a member of the Oklahoma Senate since 2014. Prior to that he served as the senior pastor at First Christian Church, Grove, for many years.