In amazement and dismay I watched a car weaving in and out of thick traffic at a great speed. Is the driver crazy? I thought to myself. Upon further thought I decided he’s probably not literally crazy, but certainly someone who has lost ability to see danger lurking. There was very likely no thought in his mind that he would loose control of the car. Perhaps he even pictured other drivers admiring his skills. The way he was driving was definitely dangerous, not because he didn’t know how to drive, but because he didn’t know how to properly control the driving. Control is altogether important.
There are many who want to throw control out the window, thinking that to be a controlling person is a wrong thing. Quite the opposite is true. To be in control of good, common sense is a very good thing. To be in control of one’s desires, looking to God for help, when evil would tempt and overtake, is desirable. To try and control another is never good, but to make right choices for one’s self, to be so in control of one’s thoughts that all thoughts lean toward God Himself, that is the safest place to be in.
When we try to make our own choices with no thought of God, we are like, as David Jeremiah wrote in his book, Is This The End? Signs of God’s Providence,“without God at the wheel of the human heart, we are like a driverless car careening down the freeway. A crash is inevitable.” Like the man who was weaving in and out of traffic, putting aside a good choice of safety; when we leave God out of the equations of our lives, we also step outside of the safety of God’s protection.
I love what David wrote in Psalm 25:10, “The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness, all those who keep His covenant and obey His decrees.” God has given every one of us the right to make our own choices. We are in total control of what we choose; but what we choose will control us. Will the choice be God at the wheel? Will it be our own selves, driving madly through the uncertain highways of our lives? If the latter, be aware, a crash is inevitable.
“Lead me by Your truth and teach me, for You are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in You.” Psalm 25:5 Now, that’s a good choice to be in control of, choosing to ask God to do the driving.