This week, I was reading a book on the Prophets by Walter Brueggemann. He suggests that the purpose of Jeremiah, 2 Isaiah, and Ezekiel was to help the Jews into exile, through exile, and back from exile. He said that God needed to destroy the existing world order and the false ideas of covenant that had developed over the years, and to bring the people back with a better understanding of their relationship with God. Thus, by tearing everything down, he could restore the proper vision of covenant living.
Brueggemann’s thesis was based on world order. I want to take his theory down to the personal level. We all have ideas about how the world works, who God is, and how he works in our life. God is so outside of our understanding that there must be falsity in our understanding. In truth, God calls us to total dependence on him. He calls us to relinquish all that we hold dear in the world, including our false perceptions of him, so that he can replace what we give up with something greater.
Spend some time with the Holy Spirit today pondering what God is calling you to relinquish. Talk to him about any fears or concerns you have with letting go. Talk to him about your desire to maintain control over your life, and ask him to help you trust him more. You can start with the little things. For instance, if someone cuts you off in traffic, accept that God allowed that to happen. Praise him for the opportunity to choose peace over anger. As you practice giving up things over which you have no control, you will find it easier to give up the things that you do try to control.