Put God in the driver's seat
5.17.15 Put God in the driver seat
"If you will only obey me and let me help you, then you will have plenty to eat. But if you keep turning away and refusing to listen, you will be destroyed by your enemies. I, the LORD, have spoken!" - Isaiah 1:19-20
We must not make the mistake of thinking that surrendering to God is something we do once and never again. Total surrender to God is not a state of being which we can achieve and then ignore. It is a moment-by-moment way of living that we must practice every day of our lives. Some are better at it than others, though with practice, each of us can become more experienced at living this way. Yet, even those who have become very good at daily surrender still need to put it into action at every opportunity.
We should not think that surrender is an abstract, intangible concept with little practical application to our daily lives. Every choice you make, no matter how small, presents a real opportunity for you to surrender your desires to God and to seek His will. The practical application is this - before you contemplate the decision before you, pause for a moment and speak with God about the issue at hand. With every choice, there will be something you desire and something you do not. Tell God that what you want is not as important as His will and that you will accept and embrace His will, even if it is not what you desire for yourself. Next, ask God to reveal His will to you. Pray for the wisdom and discernment to know what direction He would have you take. Ask Him to reveal the paths you should follow, and hide those which you should not.
Once you have done all this, take some quiet time alone and carefully listen for God to speak to you about the issue. Be patient, and await the arrival of that sense of peace which informs us that we have understood the message which God is trying to convey. Do not act until you have that peace to guide you unless the matter is urgent and you need to move quickly. Even then, do not act until you have at least taken a few moments to call upon God and request His help.
“Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am.” (Matthew 16:24 MSG)
Every morning when you wake up, you have a decision to make: Who’s going to be in charge of your life? Who’s going to be in control — you or God? Who’s going to call the shots — you or God? Every day, moment by moment, you are making that decision. When you choose to make yourself the manager of your own life, it causes conflict, confusion, and stress.
Sermon Central said:
I. Our Heavenly Father is in the driver’s seat.
A. If He is not,
1. He is not God at all.
2. We are at the mercies of every storm.
3. We have only feeble human devices to save us.
4. We have no real hope and are part of a system that is either winding down to a stop or about to burn up, depending on who you ask.
B. But, because He is in control,
1. We have hope for the future. Heb. 6:19
2. We have guidance and security in this life.
3. We can sing, “He’s got the whole world in His hands.”
C. There is great cause for joy, even in time of tension and strife. Text.
1. Our labor is not in vain. I Cor. 15:58
2. Followers of Jesus find peace and happiness in the worst of times. ILLUS.: Acts 16:25.
3. Our universe is ruled by history’s most just and benevolent Ruler.
II. Not only is God in the driver’s seat, He has a map and knows just where we are going.
A. The entire universe proceeds according to a plan.
1. We depend on this “natural law” to formulate our scientific systems and theories.
2. If we see footprints in the sand, we know someone else is on our island.
3. A plan presupposes a Planner. The universe is full of God’s footprints.
B. His plan is seen in Ephesians 1:3-10
1. Not an afterthought or “trial and error.”
2. God, Who planned the entire universe, also has a plan for His people.
3. This universe is headed for a divine climax. All things will be summed up and find their meaning in Christ.
C. God is working out His plan even now:
1. He began with His first creative act.
2. We may not always see His plan clearly, but He has one and is working it.
3. ILLUS.: Joseph may not have seen God’s plan, but afterwards acknowledged it. Gen. 45:8
III. God will reach His destination. He will not be defeated:
A. Evil can only win temporary victories:
1. He allows us free will.
2. In the past He winked at sin. Acts 17:30, 31.
3. Ultimately, He will triumph. Phil 2:10, 11
4. The judgement and victory of God are made certain by the resurrection of Jesus.
B. In the working out of His plan, God will not abandon any of us.
1. His willingness to give His Son proves this. Rom. 8:32
2. God will see us through life’s trials. Phil. 1:6
3. ILLUS.: poem “Only God is Enough. “
C. The entire creation awaits the completion of God’s plan. Rom. 8:22
1. All living things are cursed by death and disease. This shall stop.
2. The world will be just as God intended it to be.
3. ILLUS.: poem “This Is My Father’s World” v. 3
CONC.: When life seems to get the best of you, as it occasionally does all of us, just remember our God is in the driver’s seat. Let us recommit ourselves to doing His will and following His leading.
Only God Is Enough
Only God is enough when we feel the world rock,
When we tremble and reel from the earthquakes shock.
When the vision recedes and the world’s heart bleeds,
only God is enough.
Lesser and trivial values suffice when
life is exacting no toruting price.
But, in that dark day, we are driven to pray.
Only God is enough.
When earth’s lights are fading and stricken men call,
To say less than God is to say nothing at all.
Life’s ultimate hour cries for ultimate power.
Only God is enough.
My Father’s World v. 3
This is my father’s world,
The battle is not done,
Jesus who died will be satisfied,
And earth and Heaven be one.
Dear God I come to you asking that every time I try to be in control of my own life that I make sure to put you in the drivers seat instead of myself. I love you and I know that you do a much better job of keeping me on track then I do. Now God please be with my facebook family and friends and know that I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.