You have a brain tumour.
You're having it surgically removed.
You get to choose your surgeon.
Candidate #1 is the brain surgeon- a man with the highest level of education and a list of a thousand successful surgeries that he has performed, and a record of zero unsuccessful ones.
Candidate #2 is the janitor. He is untrained, has never attempted surgery, and has never performed any medical operation successfully.
Defying all logic, reason, and wisdom, you choose the janitor. I choose the janitor. We all choose the janitor, and we continue to choose the janitor, despite the number of times they fail. Why?
Because we are the janitor.
You and I, we have a long list of failures. We have a long list of flaws. We have a small amount of wisdom and a large portion of foolishness. We have limited knowledge and cannot see past our own situations. We're impatient, brash, impulsive, reckless, ignorant, lazy, and fatally flawed.
And yet, we see ourselves as more qualified than God, himself. We grab hold of our problems, and don't allow God to come near them. We say, "Stay back, God. I'll handle this one." And time and time again, we fail to 'handle' it.
Why are we so distrustful of the One who has never failed? Why do we feel the need to put our own incapable selves in charge of our struggles?
The eleventh chapter of Hebrews is often referred to as the "Hall of Faith." It lists characters from the Old Testament who surrendered their problems to God and trusted that He knew what He was doing. These examples demonstrate the Truth: Problems handled by people = bigger problems. Problems handled by God = Solved.
I think the reason we so often try to take control of our problems is because we fear the unknown. We want to know what's going on. We dislike the idea of blind faith, so we fall prey to our own volition. We ignore our commitment to Christ in favour of a new commitment to ourselves. Spoiler Alert: It doesn't work.
Sometimes, when we give our troubles over to God, things get weird. Things take crazy turns, and we feel like control has been lost altogether. We get worried, because we think things are not going according to plan.
But we're wrong.
Things aren't going according to our plan... and that's a step in a very good direction. If things go according to the plans of fallen, sinful, naive human beings, it's never a good sign.
But just look at the times in the Bible when God was given control of the situation, and things looked insane. Walk around a wall for 7 days? Sacrifice my only son on an altar? Build a boat on dry ground, when it's never even rained before? Go back to Egypt where I am wanted dead? How about watching Jesus hang from a cross and die- the One whom God promised to be the Saviour?!
Yeah, things didn't go along with the plans of those humans. Good thing. We are narrow-minded, shallow people. It's why when we see God working in His mysterious ways, we cannot comprehend how He will ever bring it about to completion.
But then He does. He brings it all together in the most miraculous way. He is all-powerful and all good. So when He is given all the control, be prepared for some good and powerful results. The walls collapsed. Isaac was saved, and Abraham was blessed. Noah's family was preserved. The Israelites went free. Jesus rose from the dead.
If you are struggling, if you are afraid, and if you're trying to control your situation, I dare you to read Hebrews 11. Every time I read it I can almost hear God telling me, "See? Look how I proved my love in that situation? Looked what I did for them! Look how I showed my grace. Look how I showed my power. You sure you still want to handle this on your own?!" You're in for a convicting amount of evidence supporting God's capability to handle your problem. He is 100% worthy of your trust.
Hebrews 11:32-35 - How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets. By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned into strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight. Women received their loved ones back from death.
Keep in mind that when you give God the reins, He will bring about His perfect results, which may not be the results that you wanted. But also keep in mind that He knows better, sees all, understands all, knows the future, and cannot make a mistake. We must learn to be content with the fulfillment of His Will, not our own. We cannot attach our faith to an outcome. The outcome is God's business; the outlook is yours.
Psalm 9:10 - Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
We all have problems. You have problems. I have problems. And this time, I'm going to stop choosing the janitor. I'm firing her. I'm abandoning my faith in myself and ascribing to faith in the One who has earned all of my confidence. Christianity is meant to be a contract, one that is especially honoured when it's most difficult to honour it.
It is for this reason that I am declaring that I'm no longer a believer in Karistianity.
Christ, it's back to you. Take control.