While driving in to work this morning I saw a popular bumper sticker that read God is my Co-Pilot. It made me think of a sermon that I once heard that mentioned this particular bumper sticker. The minister simply stated that the intentions of the bumper sticker might mean well but frankly, if God is your co-pilot then you need to switch him seats.
I couldn’t agree more. In fact, I think Carrie Underwood was a little closer when she sang “Jesus Take the Wheel”. Now I am not trying to belittle the creator of this bumper sticker, but I think sometimes we all get caught up thinking that God is merely our co-pilot, and not our captain. It is very easy to get caught up in our decisions, our plans, our time, and our things, when in reality none of it is really ours to begin with. We get caught thinking that we are in control and that God is merely setting in the passenger seat waiting patiently for us to ask His advice or direction. That He is just sitting there with a roadmap of suggestions, able to take over and right the ship if anything were to go wrong.
Isaiah 55:8-11 says:
8”For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
God is telling us that he is in control, he knew what he was doing when he made it rain for the very first time, he has thought of everything. So why not let the one who engineered life be the one in control of it? I mean after all, it’s His world; we’re just living in it. Today make an effort to give God control, He knows and wants what’s best for you.
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Neil Coffman is a motivational speaker and writer who uses his coaching expereince to encourage his audience. He is the author and founder of 365DailyPepTalks.com and neilcoffman.com. You can connect with Neil on Twitter @neilcoffman and @DailyPepTalks or on Facebook.com/neil.coffman1 and Facebook.com/365dailypeptalks
Neil In His Own Words: They say that behind every good man is a great woman. Well, I have three. I am married to Jenn, the most amazing woman a guy could ask for. She inspires me everyday to be the best person that I can be. I am a father to Mallory and Maddy. My oldest, Mallory, the older she gets the more I realize that she is just like her dad. Maddy hasn’t quite figured out yet that she is a daddy’s girl, but I am confident she will come around. I am a freshmen basketball coach at my alma mater and by far the luckiest guy in the world; every day I wake up is truly a dream come true. I love my family, I love coaching and most importantly I love and serve Jesus Christ.
In today’s world we are surrounded by negativity and naysayers. Hopefully you will find my posts as a source of inspiration. Every one of my experiences in life have taught me to lean more on my faith each and every day. I can only pray that my writing will do the same for others. Without Christ we are nothing. Deuteronomy 28:68 says "There you will offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy you. ". Essentially, we are worthless, not even our enemies would buy us as slaves, yet Christ paid the ultimate price for us. He IS our Hope. He IS our motivation.