“But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul. When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, then in later days you will return to the Lord your God and you will obey him. For the Lord your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your ancestors, which he confirmed to them by oath.” Deuteronomy 4:29-31 (NIV)
Have you ever seen the movie Groundhog Day? In it the main character relives the same day, Groundhog Day, over and over again. When he realizes what is happening, he begins to see it as a positive thing and changes his behavior based on what he knows is coming.
I’ve been reading in the Old Testament recently. One thing that has always kept me wondering is how the Israelites could continue to rebel against the Lord after all the miracles they had witnessed. God saved them from slavery to the Egyptians. He parted the Red Sea so they could escape the Egyptians pursuing them. He provided food and water in the wilderness for them. They saw a literal representation of Him in the cloud that would hover over the tabernacle by day and in fire at night. There were so many miracles that God continued to do for them. Yet, they were so easily tempted to try to take back control. They would make idols and worship them and even go to extreme measures to worship their “gods”. Over and over again, they would do the same thing, expecting different results. That’s the true definition of insanity.
Yet, I find myself doing the very same thing, time after time. I try to take back control of things that I know I shouldn’t. My pride gets in the way and I think I can do a better job of controlling my life than God does. Even though I’ve seen Him move in miraculous ways in my life, I can so easily forget.
What if, instead of doing the same thing over and over again, I recognize what is happening and change my response? Instead of trying to take control, what if I truly let go and let God have control? That is true freedom. Recognizing there is a God, and I am not it!