Who’s driving this bus anyway? If you or I are driving, the tires are going flat, we’re running out of gas, and the motor’s shutting down while the drive shaft is falling out. If the bus does run long enough you and I will drive it right over the cliff. Do you think maybe we should consider turning the wheel over to God and let Jesus be in control of our lives as we serve Him by faith? Like the song says, “Jesus, take the wheel”. The apostle Paul knew the greatest gift in this world after God’s saving grace was to be led by God to bless others. That equals the providence of God – God being in control and Paul submissively going through the open doors Jesus provided. Paul knew he did not deserve to be a servant of the Lord but he took full advantage of it and let God be in control of his entire life. Read Philippians 1:12-14,21-23; 4:4-14. Then take a deep breath, let go of the wheel, get out of the driver’s seat, let Jesus be in control of your life today, and finally, listen to Control by Tenth Avenue North.
PS – Imagine if you took a few minutes each day to forward these morning scripture/song devotionals to co-workers, family, friends, etc.? How hard is that? Maybe they will help a loved one come closer to Jesus. Maybe when this crazy virus goes away they will come to visit Walnut Hill Church of Christ and one day go to heaven. That’s part of Jesus taking control.
Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel, so that my imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to everyone else, and that most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear.
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better;
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Nevertheless, you have done well to share with me in my affliction.