7502 - Who's in Control

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For a large number of people on earth there is one primary question which haunts their mind: Who’s in control? How many times have you heard someone ask, “Who’s in charge here?” Within the inner drive there is a great desire to know that things are in good hands.

On the spiritual level that same primary question haunts men’s mind for an answer to the meaning of life. In their hearts they are asking: “Who is going to protect my family?”; “Who is going to provide for us?”: Who is going to make us happy?”; or “Who is going to give fulfillment in my life?
God has already answered these questions, if we will but listen to Him. We find in Psalms (138:8): “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me...” and Jeremiah (10:23) states: “I know, O Lord, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps.”

To help us comprehend that Holy God is fully able to fulfill His authority on earth Isaiah (55:8-9) says, “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.’ declares the Lord. ‘For the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’”

However, many people do not trust God for these vital issues of life. They seek to shoulder these responsibilities even if it kills them.
Let me illustrate by the testimony of Paul Lassale of Metairie, Louisiana as told to Guidepost.

Paul’s story is focused around his hot-air balloon. He and his instructor prepared his hot-air balloon for his initial solo flight.

Paul says, “As a captain for the fire department I enjoy supervising a job. If you’re going to do something, you might as well be in charge.”

When all was ready he stepped into his basket with excitement in his veins. The ground quickly slipped away. He mused, “I was raised in a good home but my religion had fallen away from me life the ground below did just now.”

A sudden bump, as if the balloon had hit a pothole in the sky, snapped me back to reality. Suddenly I noticed the treetops rising to meet me. I fired both burners to gain altitude. Nothing. The pilot light was out! I reignited them, and the balloon gently rose again.

This crisis reminded me of just how little control I had up here. In fact, I thought, it’s a little like the struggle I have with faith. I began my journey back to faith through my daughter’s question why didn’t I go to church with the rest of the family. The question shamed and alarmed me. Then, when my men and I were fighting a house fire we were unable to rescue one of the residents. That death left me searching for meaning in my own life. I was drawn back to church and the Bible, comforted by the belief that someone much greater than myself was in control. But I still had trouble relinquishing charge to God. God could be the copilot, but I still yearned to be the pilot.

I began easing down for a landing. Then, at the last second, I saw them: a criss-crossing of power lines glinting in the sun. I could be electrocuted. I turned the burners on full blast. The balloon doesn’t respond immediately. The lines came closer. I held my breath. At the last moment the balloon swooshed above the danger. Suddenly I felt panicky, out of control.

Feeling powerless, I raised my eyes and cried out, “Help me. Take control of this situation. Lord, find me a safe place to land!” With that prayer, a feeling of calm came over me. My fingers unclenched and my body wavered with relief.

A small clearing appeared. I jerked on the cooling vent and the balloon dropped. Suddenly I saw them, two huge bulls. And me coming down in a big red balloon! I prayed, “Lord, I trusted you to find me a safe place to land, and I trust you completely with those bulls.

Finally the balloon lurched to a halt. Behind me stood the bulls, contentedly munching grass. Running across the field toward me was my crew.
My instructor said “It’s a miracle you kept control.” I smiled and thought, “No, it’s a miracle I gave up control.”

Are you trusting God or trying to do it all yourself?