“We can’t wait for someone else to do it, we have to take matters into our own hands, or it will never be done.” – Tim LaHaye
“The sin underneath all our sins, is to trust the lie of the serpent that we cannot trust the love and grace of Christ and must take matters into our own hands.” – Martin Luther
“Don’t wait for the stars to align. Reach up and arrange them the way you want.” – Pharrell Williams
“How often we commit our burdens to the Lord and then fail to trust Him by taking matters into our own hands. Then, when we have messed things up, we pray, ‘Oh Lord, help me, I’m in trouble!’ The choice is yours.” – Billy Graham
Well, what do you think?
Take the advice given above by Mr. LaHaye and Mr. Williams, or seize the guidance offered by Martin Luther and Billy Graham? Which seems more worldly and practical, and which seems more spiritually grounded – deepening our levels of faith, trust, and conviction?
You may think this boils down to a simple answer – choosing a religious perspective versus a secular viewpoint, but I think it goes much deeper than that.
Certainly, the world’s view driven by our ego, believes that WE are the source of all that is instigated, initiated, and activated in our lives. All things that unfold are driven by our choices and the subsequent actions that follow based on those selections. “If it is to be, it is up to me!” is the motto and creed each of us live by daily in this earthly existence of ours.
Why wait when we can act now to move our lives in the direction we desire? Isn’t it like Williams suggests above – that we must reach up and align the stars as we desire, and if we don’t, then nothing will ever be accomplished as LaHaye proclaims?
We may think it is far more spiritual to employ patience, to wait on God’s guidance to act, or to humbly submit our ways and plans to the will of God, but what then do we do with the idea of free agency? Doesn’t the Bible throw the proverbial ball back in our court when it implies the choice is up to us? Doesn’t it continually remind us that we have a personal responsibility to act? Doesn’t it suggest it is up to us to decide and those individual choices will ultimately determine our destiny? Isn’t it basically telling us to take matters into our own hands?
A few years ago, I was at one of those “If I don’t make things happen, then things never will!” moments in my life. As I grappled with the idea of making my own pathway or waiting for God’s revelation of which pathway to choose, I asked my godly friend for his advice. He said, “If you are waiting for God to tell you what to choose, you will be waiting forever. God has given you free will and He expects you to make the choice. Once YOU CHOOSE the path, He will provide you guidance along the path YOU have chosen to take.”
Now this man holds a high position in his church, so I gave his advice a lot of weight and credence. Maybe I needed to take matters into my own hands, making the choice that seemed right to me?
But I had a very uneasy feeling deep inside. Aren’t there just as many biblical examples of “waiting on the Lord” and trusting in His way for us? What about Proverbs 14:12 that states “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”? Doesn’t this imply that we should take matters and PLACE THEM IN GOD’S HANDS instead?
That’s when it hit me. It is about taking matters into our own hands by making the CHOICE to place those matters in God’s hands 😊
To decide to trust is a CHOICE. To relinquish our ways which seem right to us and submit them to God’s omniscient guidance is a CHOICE. To patiently wait is a CHOICE. To spend quiet time listening for God’s direction is a CHOICE. To rise above temporary silence, forgoing the urge of taking immediate action – knowing and having faith in God’s perfect timing is a CHOICE. To humbly allow God to reach up and align the stars for us is a CHOICE. To believe that God will make things happen versus to believe we must make it happen is a CHOICE.
Now my friends….What do you believe God will do if we make the CHOICE to take these matters that are in our hands and place them in His hands?
Will we miss out? Will we live a hapless, apathetic life that is far from our potential and destiny? In the end of days, will God tell us we should have made things happen on our own? Will He blame us for giving up our free agency to Him and His ways?
“For since the world began, no ear has heard, and no eye has seen a God like you who works for those who wait for Him!” – Isaiah 64:4
“Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust in Him and He will do this!” – Psalm 37:4-5
“The Lord is good to those who wait for Him – to the person who seeks Him.” – Lamentations 3:25
“Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.” – Psalm 25:5
“Blessed [happy, prosperous, to be admired] is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorposts. – Proverbs 8:34 (Amplified Bible)
You are taking action, taking matters into your own hands, when you choose to trust, to wait, to listen, to watch, to commit and to humbly submit. This is the way of a fulfilling, prosperous life in the end 😊
How could it turn out any other way?
When you are tempted to make things happen on your own, make the CHOICE to hand those things over to God who “works on behalf of those who wait for Him.” As Billy Graham states above, the choice is yours my friend.