At the mercy of no one, but One

Have you ever felt trapped? Like you found yourself in a position where some other person controlled a part of your life, and you didn’t have a say. It’s not a comfortable position. Fortunately, we as Christians, can realize that we are never truly in that situation. No man can hold sway over our lives.

When we are in a workplace, or under a political leader, or in a judicial realm we can feel like other people have sway over our lives. And we don’t have any control. But that is not the case at all.

Psalm 37:25 says, “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” Think about that. If you serve God, you will be provided for. And even your children will not suffer lack of basic needs. God is the one who oversees you. Righteous don’t have to beg.

Perhaps that’s not the absolute best scripture to illustrate this idea though.

Do you remember when Jesus was faced with a situation that made him look like He was a the mercy of another. When He was before Pilate, the governor, Pilate was astonished that Jesus did not answer his questions. Pilate exclaimed that he had the power to crucify Jesus. Jesus responded, “Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above . . .”

Think about that for a moment. Any time someone has “power” over you, realize they could not have that power if God had not given it to them. God is the chief executor of His will And He will see His will done. Nothing ever takes Him by surprise, and no man has any power that He has not given.

No human power can execute authority unless God allows. Every circumstance you encounter is allowed by God. This brings not only great reassurance, but also a new approach to dilemmas. If you have a problem with authority, you must remember who has placed them there. If they make use their authority improperly, they are obviously in the wrong, but God allowed it. It is for you to react without sinful anger, and to address the issue with prayer, humility, and faith.

The more we realize how much God is in control, the more peace we have, and the more we can react properly to every situation. If an authority acts wrongly, we aren’t to become distressed, fearful, or frustrated.

We are to make our requests directly to God by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving. God promises peace as a result.

Remember, you are at the mercy of God alone. So faithfully beg God to do His will, and watch Him work as only He can.

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