Many of us think that we have control of our lives. Many of us think that we have power down here, the power to make everyday decisions, and the power to decide what happens to us day-by-day.
But if we look closely, we’ll soon realize, that’s actually not the case at all and Job 26:1-2 is the perfect example, because Job encounters our powerlessness as humans. He comes to this profound realization that man has no power and no strength in of himself, saying: “How you have helped him who has no power. How you have saved the arm that has no strength.”
Job went through incredible trials. If we look back at Job 1:7-8 we see a spiritual conversation between God and the Devil. Job 1:7-8 says: “The Lord said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” 8 And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?”
In this conversation, God is using job as an instrument to show the devil God’s glory and God’s power. But the devil doesn’t believe Job will stand strong, if he is tested. In the end, job stands strong and worships God in all his pain and trials and we see his response in (Job 1:20-22):
”20 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” 22 In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.
What Job realized was that God was orchestrating these trials. He realized God was in complete control. Even though, he couldn’t see the conversation between God and the Devil, Job submitted himself to the the beautiful design of the Creator. He submitted his life to the undeniable will of the Father, and he eventually realized something bigger going on, then what he could see with the human eye, something supernatural and eternal.
An optical illusion is an illusion of the mind. It’s something that deceives the eye by appearing to be other than it is. And this is true for many of us in our lives, since we know the devil plays tricks on our minds and as a result many of us live disillusioned lives.
When we think about our lives and the control or power that we think we have over our life, we are believing and seeing an optical illusion of power. We think we are in control, but we fail to realize that God is in full control of our days, our weeks, our months, our years, our breath, our lives and our eternal destination.
Luke 12:24-26 says: “Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap; they have no storehouse or barn, yet God feeds them. How much more valuable are you than the birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifespan? So if you cannot do such a small thing, why do you worry about the rest?”
When we surrender complete control of our lives. We come to the end of ourselves. This is the incredible place where Job ended up after all his trials. When we soon realize we have no power, and no strength without God, that’s when we can make the spiritual switch from natural-thinking to eternal-thinking, that’s when we truly encounter a supernatural type of power and we gain Kingdom-access to truly be free and let God live and lead through us, through His power.
But here is where disillusionment creeps-in, because in order to do gain this supernatural power, we must exercise full and complete surrender of our lives. In those difficult areas of our lives, where we decide to completely surrender, that’s where the real power of life is found, it’s found in Christ, not with-in us.
For some of you, maybe you have never placed your trust in God or never fully surrendered your life to God’s design and His purpose, and as a result you are tired, disillusioned, restless and you have no peace. If this is you, it may be, that you find it more appealing to believe in the optical illusion of power, you want to believe that you are in control of your life — where you go and what will happen — but you don’t want to surrender comfort or give up control, even though deep down you know true peace is waiting patiently for you on the other side of surrendering your life to the almighty Savior.
For others, it may be that you are going through incredibly hard trials –Job-like kind of trials. Maybe, you are going through trials that seem like they have stolen your life, your identity, your enjoyment, your positive mindset, your strength, your control and maybe even stolen your will to live, yet instead of falling down in worship towards God, you are angry and bitter towards God and you think He’s left you alone.
When we go through difficult trials or things that don’t make any logical-sense, we need to work hard to make the spiritual switch from natural-thinking to eternally-minded-thinking. We need to understand that, just like in the story of Job, our Heavenly Father may be doing something supernatural that we cannot understand.
When we see trials through that eternal perspective, we gain supernatural and spiritual-insight for the pain and we come to the realization that God is using us as mighty and powerful instruments for glory. When we do this, we will be able to gain vision for our trials and trust God has a perfect-plan and purpose for our momentary pain, our momentary troubles that are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all (1 Corinthians 4:17) and we can keep on pressing on to one-day receive the crown of life (James 1:12).
Job is a perfect example of realizing we have no power and and a great how-to-guide to enduring long-suffering. Job realized he actually had no power. He realized the magnificent Creator of the universe was using Him as a tool of glory and he tuned in spiritually with his spiritual receptors realizing he had no control.
Instead of getting upset in all his pain, loss, confusion and misery –job chose to draw nearer to God in awe and in wonder, he fell down at the feet of God and He surrendered his rights and his power to receive God’s power and strength and he received a renewed sense of peace.
How will you respond next time you face an incredibly hard trial? Will you tune-in to God’s design, plan and purpose for your life, or will you tune-out to what God is doing eternally and pretend you have false power?