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God is in control
Pastor Mike Novotny
by Pastor Mike Novotny
November 13, 2022

One of the scarier parts of my life is realizing how much is completely out of my control. Like my daughters. My wife and I work hard to disciple our kids—to teach, encourage, correct, and model the Christian faith, but we can’t control what our girls believe or how they behave. I can bring them to church, but I can’t make them meditate on God’s Word. I can tell them to say, “Sorry,” but I can’t make them mean it. I can beg them to only like boys who love Jesus and love like Jesus, but I can’t control what happens at school.

I am not in control. That reality tempts me to freak out. Maybe it tempts you too. 

But it doesn’t have to. Because the One who is in control is the One who loves you more than you can imagine. [God] raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand. . . . And God placed all things under his feet” (Ephesians 1:20,22). I love how “all things” are under Jesus’ feet. The same feet that were pierced to prove his immense love for you now rule over the very situations that you cannot. They are not going toe to toe with Jesus. No, they are under his feet, completely under his control.

So take a deep breath. Remember that Jesus has it handled. That’s the good news of worshiping the Savior who is in control.

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