Do you have a control freak in your life? Or perhaps you are one! Sometimes I am, especially when my anxiety is running high. The Control Freak lives by this motto – If a situation is spinning out of control, the way to stop it is by controlling the situation!
On the surface that makes sense, but the problem is that a true Control Freak:
- Doesn’t know how much control should be exerted and often controls too much
- Doesn’t know when to leave the situation in the hands of God
A perfect example in the Bible of a Control Freak is the disciple, Peter. In Matthew chapter 26, we see a situation that seemed to be spinning out of control. Jesus was being confronted by a mob that had come to arrest him. True to form, Peter decided to take charge of the chaotic and threatening situation. He grabbed, or had, a sword tucked away in his cloak for just such an occasion.
Now, you’ve got to give Peter credit for his desire to put his own life at risk by defending and rescuing Jesus . . . the Savior. In case you didn’t notice, that last sentence reeks of irony and makes me wonder, What was Peter thinking? I just want to laugh at Peter or kick myself for being just like him!
Back to the story . . .
Peter sprung into Super Hero action, probably lunging at the closest member of the mob, the high priest’s servant. I can only imagine what Peter must have been thinking,
“This will make them sit up and listen to my beloved Messiah!”
Of course, if he really wanted them to listen, he probably shouldn’t have tried to cut off someone’s ear!
Christ didn’t need Peter’s help and the situation truly never spun out of Jesus’ control. His sole purpose in coming to earth was not to keep His life, but rather to give it. When Peter arrogantly tried to control the situation, he unintentionally got in the way of God’s plan being communicated and fulfilled. Thankfully, Christ, who had ultimate control, remedied the dilemma immediately.
- Are you facing a situation, thinking you have a better plan than God?
- Are you trying to somehow control the situation or the people in your life?
- What would surrendering your situation to God look like or involve?
From one Control Freak to another, I would love to know!