Recently, I was reading a book that analyzed the interaction between God and Moses when God called Moses to free his people. Moses asks for God’s name. Ancient belief was that in naming something, one was given power over that which was named. This author discussed how in giving Moses the name “I AM” God said I am greater than anything. He avoided a name that would seem to convey power over him.
As I pondered this concept, I started seeing areas in which I, too, try to control God. I think it is a part of the human condition that makes us want to control God, to shape him into the image that we want him to be. In effect, we create idols.
God is beyond human comprehension. His ways are beyond our ways. He is all-powerful and all-knowing. He knows our needs and our wants, and the good father that he is, provides for all we need. It just doesn’t feel like it because in our sinful nature we try to get from him what we think we want and need.
The Bible is full of text that talks about total reliance on God. There are texts that talk about surrendering to him, and trusting fully in him. We can only do this with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We can only do this when we die to self, and allow him to become more within us; when we surrender the confusions about life that cause us to try to manipulate and to control.
Spend some time today asking God to show you the areas of your life where you need to more fully surrender to his plans. Take your hurts to him. Ask him to heal your pain, and to show you where your misperceptions prevent you from allowing him to enter in to heal you. Ask him to give you a better view of what it means to live in Christ. Ask him for the courage and humility to surrender to him more fully today.
Just like most forms of physical and emotional healing, spiritual healing can be a painful process. You are in my prayers as you seek the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob. Please pray for me, too.
Ms. Debra D. Weldon, OP