Take Control Of Your Life

“Jesus…withdrew again to a mountain by himself.” Jn 6:15 

The Bible says,  “Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself. When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.” (Jn 6:15-22) 

Notice three things in this story:

(1) The control Jesus exercised. People wanted to plan His life for Him. Sound familiar? When that happened, “he withdrew again to a mountain by Himself.” Note the word “again.” Spending time with God was something He did regularly. Do you? 

(2) The criticism Jesus evoked. When the crowd wants to make you a “king,” it’s hard for your ego to walk away. But Jesus did. Others couldn’t impose their will or agenda on Him. Why? Because He was committed to doing the will of God and nothing else. 

(3) The communion Jesus enjoyed. He emerged from a night of prayer empowered to walk on the water and subdue the storm. If you want to succeed in life, there’s only one source you can go to for strength and guidance: God. Do you want to take control of your life? That’s how you do it!


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