A person without self-control
is like a city with broken-down walls. Proverbs 25:28 NLT
People are angry.
People are demonstrating little regard for others.
You can identify the results. But the bigger question is, ‘Why is everyone so angry?’
The answer is as simple as this:
Our world, more specifically your world, feels out of control.
The last 18 months have revealed a problem that has long existed.
We want to be ‘in control.’ (Genesis 3 is a good reminder that our sense of ‘being in control’ has existed since the dawn of human history!)
And everything that has happened during the last 18 months has revealed that we have less control than we thought we did.
As a result, we are living in a city with broken-down walls. In ancient times, a city wall was a symbol of strength and control. So long as the wall was in place the people who were inside could control the unknown that was on the other side of the wall. When a wall was breached, the sense of control was lost.
Our personal walls have been breached. What once felt to us like control and security was suddenly overwhelmed. Now the outside world that was always on the other side of the wall has plunged us into chaos.
That’s one big reason why people are angry and lacking in regard for others.
People are trying to ‘secure’ their sense of control that has suddenly disappeared. We want our ‘walls’ back. We want what for so long gave us a sense of control in life, a sense of normalcy.
People are acting out in untold ways because they have lost their personal sense of control- of life, of the church, etc.
But have you ever really been in control?
When 36 inches of snow fell, were you in control?
When the doctor told you about the cancer, were you in control?
When the person you loved died, were you in control?
Why is everyone so angry? Because you are not in control.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take. NLT
Since the Garden of Eden, we have been asked to trust God. We see all around us the results of our trying to rest control of life from God. (And it’s not looking so good!)
Today, I would invite you to remember the image of the Psalmist who encourages us to run into the refuge that God provides.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2 NIV
May you surrender your attempts to control your life and rest in the security of God’s control.