The Control Room

06/15/2007

Peter asked Jesus, “What about him, Lord?” Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain
alive until I return, what is that to you? You follow me.” John 21:21-22 (NLT)

Picture a room, with a door that holds a plaque that reads, “Control Room.” Think of this room as being a place that is off limits to those who know and love God. A place where we have no business being, but too often find ourselves, trying to steer the “ship.” What would happen if we backed out of there, closed the door, and left all the decisions in our life, and in the lives of others, to God? What would happen if we considered the Control Room to be a place that was beyond us, beyond what we know, beyond the responsibilities that we have been given in this life? To do this, we need to learn to trust…but that’s easier said than done. How do we learn to trust? Where is the “School of Trust” that we can attend to learn the skills we need, to allow God to handle all our problems today?

What if we do step out of the “Control Room” and die to ourselves, our ways, our thoughts, our will…will we be able to experience the abandoned life hid in Christ that we have been called to as the children of God…and find our rest there? The enemy wants us to think that there shouldn’t be problems in this life. Jesus is truthful with us. Jesus isn’t promising us a rose garden until Heaven. Jesus said it’s going to be tough on earth.

What we think of as the “Control Room,” is actually God’s Throne Room. It’s the place where we learn to trust our Savior. This place belongs to God, and it is only to be entered into with reverence. If we’ll do this, we’ll notice that our perceptions of this place have changed; the scenery is different than what we thought of as a “Control Room.” Now there are steps leading up to a Father and a Son, sitting side by side. There is no chaos in this room, only peace. The room is full of power and wisdom. It is a place of comfort, where all fear is cast out because of the Love that is all-consuming here. It is Home to all who do believe, and we are welcome anytime.

We are encouraged to enter in, to take a look around, and get very familiar with the surroundings--to bring our heartache and our tears, our praises and our thanks. We already signed up for this on the day we said, “Yes” to Jesus. We can bring our Bible into this Room, and read and learn of God’s great promises. We can ask questions, listen for the answers, sit in silence, come alone, or gather two or more together and enjoy what’s being offered. What we learn in God’s Throne Room will support us for the rest of our days on this earth, and beyond.

What draws us into this room is Who’s buried deep inside the heart of every believer, God’s Holy Spirit. He is the Great Counselor—the Spirit of truth. He is the One who unlocks the “door” and ushers us into God’s Holy Presence, where we receive the gift of peace of mind and heart. We’re not here to learn how to control things, we’re here to get to know God, to discover the truth of the promises found in His Word, and to live in the trust that is developed in His presence.