Give God the reins

I believe we have the potential to have a life-changing time together when we gather in the name of Jesus, not just because we have great worship or a church full of fantastic people, but because we have the opportunity to make room for Jesus to meet us. I don’t know about you but I often feel a little too swept along by the stuff of life, yet, as I reflect on the earthly ministry of the saviour, I’m struck again by his refusal to be swayed by circumstances.

Even during the first miracle at the wedding in Cana, there may be a hint of anxiety in the tone of Mary, as she approaches her son about the ‘wine drought’. But Jesus is quite chilled in the way he leads the servants, and facilitates the water into wine miracle. (See John 2.) Another of my favourite examples of just how controlled Jesus was is found in John 8. We see the Pharisees presenting Jesus with a woman caught in adultery. There’s a real desire for entrapment as they challenge the Lord with the question, ‘In the law, Moses commands us to stone such women. Now what do you say?’ Jesus is cool, calm and completely unintimidated as he responds, ‘If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her,’ and of course no one does (John 8:3-11).

It is so easy to live a life governed by reactions and emotions. We are often easily influenced by the situations we find ourselves in, yet Jesus demonstrated the benefits of living beyond the circumstances and he occupied that place where he was consistently guided by his father. I want to remind us that we can confidently give God the reins, whatever our situation, and, as we declare that his greatness really is unsurpassable, let us come to him with fresh courage, boldness and expectation!