The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”
Genesis 3:1 (NLT)
Being a husband and a dad has helped me with something that I’d never admit to needing help with. Giving up control. As I think about it, admitting is a form of giving up control. As a husband, controlling everything flies in the face of leading. It’s like light and darkness. Although I think I’m leading by controlling things, I’m really not leading at all. As a dad, schedules help build structure but when things happen it’s okay to go off schedule.
As we’re reading through Genesis 1-3 this week, most of us can relate to giving up control. The moment God creates man and woman in Genesis 1, He’s called LORD God. Genesis 2 the same thing. It’s God’s personal name. It shows that He created us to have a relationship with Him. The name reflects that God is our Lord and Leader. Notice in Genesis 3:1 when Satan comes on the scene. Satan calls Him God instead of using LORD God. Satan is fine with us recognizing God as God but not as LORD God. Satan wants sin and shame to lord over us.
God has created us to have a relationship with Him where Jesus is the Lord of our life. That means giving up control. It means trusting Him and His promises. In the story this week, Satan wanted Adam and Eve to think that God was keeping them from something. Jesus always wants something better for us than we could want for ourselves.
If Jesus isn’t Lord of all in my life, He is most likely not Lord at all in my life. It’s time to give up control because LORD God can be trusted with our all.