One of my favorite quips goes this way: “Two things I have learned in this life – there is a God, and I’m not Him.” Sometimes in this land where we relish freedom and individuality it is easy to forget that we are not as in control of life as we would like to think we are. We make decisions and change direction from time to time, often thinking that we are the ones driving our life. But scripture teaches us that there is more to our life than what the human eye can see. There is a greater control over what happens in life than our mere say-so.

An ancient term for this is providence. Used in the right manner, this word reminds us that we have a Creator and it is He who makes all the decisions in life. He is the one who makes even the choices that we make possible. In short, God is in control. This is a huge realization to make. First of all, because it relieves me of the responsibility to always make the right decisions. And also, because I can rest in the assurance that He will never make a wrong move.

As we celebrate our nation’s birthday this week, let us remember that God is in control of the little things and the big things that are in our life. You may have seen the video of Red Skelton as he explained the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag phrase by phrase. He closes with this sentiment: “Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country, and two words have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance: Under God. Wouldn’t it be a pity if someone said that is a prayer, and that would be eliminated from schools, . . .?”

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. Do not have other gods besides Me.”  (Exodus 20:2-3)