When You Feel Out of Control

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“I read my little Jesus Calling book. It means a lot to me. I’ve noticed so many times, that I myself have had things going on, and I was just wondering about the answer. Then I read and it just makes it clear. God does work through people and He does work in mysterious ways.”
– Dolly Parton

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When You Feel Out of Control

I am the Potter; you are My clay. I designed you before the foundation of the world. I arrange the events of each day to form you into this preconceived pattern. My everlasting Love is at work in every event of your life. On some days your will and Mine flow smoothly together. You tend to feel in control of your life when our wills are in harmony. On other days you feel as if you are swimming upstream, against the current of My purposes. When that happens, stop and seek My Face. The opposition you feel may be from Me, or it may be from the evil one.

Talk with Me about what you are experiencing. Let My Spirit guide you through treacherous waters. As you move through the turbulent stream with Me, let circumstances mold you into the one I desire you to be. Say yes to your Potter as you go through this day.

Yet, O Lord, You are our Father. We are the clay, You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand. — Isaiah 64:8

My heart says of you, “Seek His face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek. — Psalm 27:8

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Trust Me, and don’t be afraid. Many things feel out of control. Your routines are not running smoothly. You tend to feel more secure when your life is predictable. Let Me lead you to the rock that is higher than you and your circumstances. Take refuge in the shelter of My wings, where you are absolutely secure.

When you are shaken out of your comfortable routines, grip My hand tightly and look for growth opportunities. Instead of bemoaning the loss of your comfort, accept the challenge of something new. I lead you on from glory to glory, making you fit for My kingdom. Say yes to the ways I work in your life.

Trust Me, and don’t be afraid.

When you feel out of control, Trust in Him

Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. — Isaiah 12:2

From the ends of the earth I call to You, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. I long to dwell in Your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. — Psalm 61:2-4

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. — 2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV

Excerpted with permission from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, copyright Sarah Young.

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Your Turn

Do you feel out of control today? Are you swimming upstream? Today, choose to trust Jesus. Trust that He is in full control of your life and that His plan is good! Come share your thoughts with us on our blog. We would love to hear your thoughts about being molded by the Potter. ~ Devotionals Daily

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Sarah Young's devotional writing is helping untold numbers of women and men in their quest for intimacy with Christ. Sarah has a degree in philosophy from Wellesley and holds graduate degrees in psychology/counseling from Tufts, Georgia State, and Covenant Seminary. Sarah and her husband have traveled widely, counseling and planting churches in Japan and Australia. They currently minister to Japanese people living in Perth, Australia.

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