FS Word of Power
April 29, 2020
WHO IS IN CHARGE?
Sometimes when things go wrong or if you have a complaint you might ask “who is in charge here?” or in other words: you are asking for someone who has the power to do something about your problem or situation. If we have a look at the word charge, we can see that it derives from Latin carrus, “a wagon,” hence, “to lay or put a load on or in,” “to burden, or be a burden”. In 1 Peter 5:7, Yeshua encourages us with the following: “cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” This is nothing new since King David reminding himself, while being attacked, is doing the exact same thing with Psalm 55:22 “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved (shaken).” In essence, King David and Yeshua himself are saying: hand whatever concerns you or troubles you over to the one in charge; cast it, throw it on him, i.e. onto GOD! The problem is that we are forgetting that it is up to God- not us.
Let me illustrate how we can approach a situation demonstrating faith in God´s authority. Let`s have a look at Luke 7: 3-10” 3 The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. 4 When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this,5 because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” 6 So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof.7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.”10 Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.”
The Centurion, a roman, KNEW who was in charge! But: Do you? Sometimes when we pray, we come to God as though we have to convince him that he should care about us. Ever done that? I have;” Please Lord hear my prayer, please Lord see to it that… or Please God- you have to do it now!” But the point is that when we have faith in our Chief Commander-God- he WILL respond and take care of whatever we face. As a matter of fact, God even controls Satan. There is nothing to be really afraid of in life because, whatever trouble we face, God was in it before it started and will be with you through it to the end. Yet, even when we know these things, we sometimes want to take control and try to make our lives easier. Paul wrote that “the mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.” (Romans 8:7) Hostility and fear make peace and joy impossible. King David, as he faced many enemies, aware that his life could end at the tip of a sword at any time, refused to let fear steal his joy: “I will sing and make music to the Lord.” (Psalm 27:6)
I believe that we sometimes should ask God to pardon our disbelief, our anxiety and fear not believing him when he says that he WILL take of things.
So, let´s pray together encouraging one another to have more faith in him being in charge! Father, I have tried to control my life and even to control other people’s behavior to suit my purposes: forgive me. You are the King of my heart, one and only Sovereign, Lord of all. Thank you that I don’t have to be in control because YOU are. Thank you for perfect leadership, for your omniscient command of every situation, and for loving us while you hold all things together. In the name of Jesus, Amen.