The Opposite of Faith

post date: August 23, 2007
Before every evening service this week at Cannon Beach, the platform personnel meet for a brief prayer meeting in a little room at the back of the chapel. Each night I’ve noticed a saying tacked on the door where you can’t miss it:

The Opposite of Faith is Control.

I have been thinking about that all week long, and the more I think about it, the more profound it seems. Most of us like to be in control. I know I do. I prefer to know what’s going on, to set my own agenda, and to be in the driver’s seat of life. Most of us have that tendency to some degree, and some people become control freaks, wanting to run their own life and everyone else’s at the same time.

The danger of being in control is that you’re not even though you think you are. Life is so uncertain, so fragile, and every day brings an entirely new set of challenges. Has there ever been a day when everything went exactly the way you planned–down to the tiniest details? I didn’t think so. At best we are only partly in control, or more likely slightly in control. Mostly we just make our choices, do the best we can, take a few steps forward, and then we deal with whatever happens next, which is never exactly what we expected.

So that’s where that saying comes in. You can live by faith or you can be in control. But you can’t do both at the same time.

Lord, forgive me for trying to take your place. I want to learn to live by faith with you in control of my life. Amen.


Do you have any thoughts or questions about this post? If you have a Facebook account, you may comment below:

Latest blog posts

Search our resources

Good Words for Today: December 19
Saturday, December 19



Try It Now

Ebook: ABC’s of Wisdom

In the book of Proverbs, King Solomon left us a treasure trove of practical principles for daily living. The ardent pursuit of wisdom is every Chistian’s calling! Wisdom “is a tree of life to those who embrace her. Those who lay hold of her will be blessed.” (Proverbs 3:18)

“Equipping and encouraging people to keep believing in Jesus”

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”