“I know, O Lord, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps. Correct me, Lord, but only with justice- not in your anger, lest you reduce me to nothing.” Jer. 10:23-24.
So I guess I am not the only one. Here Jeremiah openly confesses that he at times tries to direct his own steps. Kind of weird considering that this guy had a constant direct connection with God. He was living in the “end times” of Judah. He was given prophecy to speak, direct answers from the God, and all the fixings of being a spiritual leader at that time, but still he had problems with a small problem called “control”.
Personally I like being in control. You feel as if you have a say, you have some sort of bearing of what is going on, and most of all you feel like you are in command. Kind of like Captian Kirk on the star ship Enterprise, or like Han Solo in Star Wars. They were the Captian of the ship and don’t let anyone tell them otherwise. There is a sense of power, comfort, and most of all security because you know exactly where the ship is going. But what I like about God is that he sees that and he says, “I’ll show you control,” and then your life hits unexpected bumps, stops, and delays. All the time you cry out. Sorry God. The lesson I can learn from Jeremiah here is that to keep that heart in check. Though he recognizes that he has a problem with control, he asks the Lord to correct him, but correct him in justice. Knowing that he will not release control sometimes, Jeremiah ask God to help him, but help him nicely.
Lord you know how much I love to be in control, but I know through a series of unfortunate events, you have taught me to trust, to hope, and to find guidance in you. Though at times like Jeremiah here I try to take it back, correct me Lord, and if you could, do correct me nicely.