Do you ever feel like you’re losing control and things are slipping through your fingers? Sometimes when things start becoming a bit chaotic or scary, we panic and grasp for control. But like holding sand and trying to grasp it more tightly, we find it slipping through our fingers even faster. And instead of maintaining control, like King Saul, who was jealous of David’s success and popularity, he eventually lost his kingdom, his son, and his very life.
Or maybe you’re more like Eli, the priest, who was passive and failed to properly train and rein in his sons. He held them too loosely, not realizing things were slowly slipping through his fingers, and he, too, eventually lost his sons, the Ark of the Covenant and his life.
Finding the balance between panic and passivity can be difficult. You may have heard the phrase “Let go and let God”. When we are passive, we use it as an excuse to continue holding things too loosely, and we actually shirk our responsibility. Then we wonder why things are slipping through our fingers, and we blame God for not coming through. When we panic, we have a difficult time letting go and letting God and trusting Him to come to our aid. When things continue to fall apart, in our pride, we tend to blame others rather than asking if we ourselves are somehow to blame.
When we hold things properly— not too loosely and not grasping for control, acting responsibly and trusting God— not only will things not slip through our fingers, but with our hands firmly cupped and looking to God for direction and strength, He is able to help us and even bless us with more. So don’t panic.