DAY THREE Tuesday December 3, 2019 written by Michelle Gardner
Psalm 33: 7-10
He gathered the waters of the sea as in a bottle; he put the deeps in storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.
The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples.
“You’re too high control,” I’ve been told. But control is a good thing, no? I certainly don’t want to be out of control. The church doesn’t want my work in the financial office to be out of control. Control is good. In this Psalm, God gathers the waters and stores them in the oceans so we can have water when we need it. It is good to control our resources so as to be good stewards of all we have been given.
But the Psalm goes on to say that God “brings the counsel of the nations to nothing.” God “frustrates the plans of the peoples.” That’s not very comforting for high control folks. We know what needs to happen, yes? We know what needs to be done. And, we’re just going to be thwarted?
What I get from this Psalm, though, is that while we do need to have some control and we do need to plan and manage our resources, it is sound advice to let go just a little. Liberate ourselves from the vise grip we have on our lives. The old bumper sticker comes to mind, “Let go and let God.” Trust that the love of God has got us covered.