Who Is In Control?

Posted: October 27, 2015 in Articles

The highlight of our Sundays is the Survey of the Bible class before Sunday worship service. It lasts an hour, and we open by singing a hymn. Then the pastor prays and then he begins teaching.

The survey class started in the summer, but the pastor just finished Genesis. This gives you an idea of the care he is taking in teaching us and the patience he is showing in answering any questions.

We love this class.

This past Sunday, we covered Jacob fairly quickly. Jacob means “to grab”  and carries the connotation of someone who trips others up.

Jacob gets through life by tricking people. He tricks his brother out of his inheritance, he tricks his father to give him the blessing, and he spends years with Laban, both men tricking each other.

Then, finally when Jacob leaves Laban and heads back home, his brother Esau is coming towards him with an army and Jacob is terrified. Among other things, Jacob wrestles with an angel and he is left incapacitated when the angel touches his hip.

This marks a turning point for Jacob who is humbled and weakened. Jacob then becomes Israel.

Well, anyone who has read the Bible knows this story, but what I was wondering about after the class is how much control do we really have over our own lives? I mean Jacob was an important person, so maybe God intervened a lot with him. Does God intervene with regular people?

I think about Jacob being deceitful quite a lot, but God blessed and used him anyhow. It’s a little confusing to me. What if God wants to use you as something bad? Would you be able to change it? If you are bad and God uses you for good, can you be good and God uses you for bad?

I don’t know, but I’m wondering how much control I actually have over my life.

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