Giving God Full Control
Giving God Full Control
by David Wilkerson
September 26, 2005
Most readers know that the Supreme Court of the United
States has ruled the Ten Commandments cannot be displayed
in any government courthouse. This landmark decision has
been covered exhaustively by the media. But what does the
A courthouse is where laws are enforced. And the Ten
Commandments represent God's moral law, which never shifts
or changes. It is as fixed as the law of gravity. If you
defy that law, it's like stepping off a high building. You
can deny that the law affects you, but there are
consequences sure to be paid.
Simply put, the Ten Commandments are eternal laws designed
by God to keep society from destroying itself. Yet,
amazingly, many sand-blasting companies are at work right
now grinding away those Commandments - as well as God's
name - wherever they're engraved in courthouse marble or
What a telling picture of the state of our society. These
unchangeable laws were originally engraved in stone by the
very finger of God. And now they are being erased from
stone by the law of man.
I hear some Christians saying, "What's the big deal? We're
not under the law. Why should this be an issue?" I cringe
when I hear this. No, we're not under the Hebrew law,
meaning the 613 additional commandments added by Jewish
rabbis. But every Christian is under the authority of
God's moral law, which is summed up in the Ten
Commandments. No believer can justify committing
adultery, theft or murder.
I wonder what goes through God's mind as these
sand-blasters erase his laws from before our eyes. Again,
some believers claim, "We don't need these displays of the
Commandments. All that's really necessary is for us to
have them written in our hearts." That's not what God's
Word says. Consider the very visible presence God intended
for the Commandments as they were delivered to his people:
"These words, which I command thee this day, shall be in
thine heart... and thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thy
hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and
on thy gates...and [thou] shalt talk of them when thou
sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way,
and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up"
(Deuteronomy 6:6, 8-9, 7).
The awful fact is, ungodly forces in our society have
rejected God. All mention of him is now being removed from
our schools, our courts, our public institutions. And soon
these same forces will attempt to outlaw the words "One
nation under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance.
I believe this madness will not go unanswered for long.
I'm convinced God is going to act quickly. Take for
example what has happened in Europe recently. Last year
the European Union tried to force a constitution that
blatantly rejected God and defined Europe as secular. The
decree failed, but those spearheading it will surely be
back; they won't give up until the name of God is renounced
through all of Europe. They have made their intentions
clear, stating in essence, "Let God have his heaven. Give
us the earth. Keep religion out of our faces."
I wonder what goes through God's mind as sand-blasters
erase his laws from before our eyes.
The fact is, if you don't want God in your midst, he
doesn't simply go away. Consider what has happened in
Europe since that constitution was introduced. Germany and
France face massive unemployment. Welfare costs are
soaring. Governing bodies are paralyzed, and there is
incredible confusion all around. Yet these are only the
beginnings of even greater fear and chaos to come upon any
people who reject God outright.
Now the same anti-God spirit that's at work in Europe is at
work in America and it ought to grieve us. The Bible
offers warning after warning on this matter. Why did God
judge Noah's generation by sending a flood? Why the
destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah? It all happened because
of lawlessness. The Bible says that in those societies
every person became a law unto himself, and the godly
anguished over it. Lot, who lived in Sodom, was vexed
daily by his society's lawlessness (see 2 Peter 2:8).
We see God's ultimate plan for
a lost, lawless world at the
dawn of Israel's history.
By the close of the Book of Genesis, God had chosen a
small, insignificant people to become a teaching nation.
He wanted to raise up a people who would be living examples
to the heathen world of his goodness. So, to bring about
such a testimony, God took his people into places that were
beyond their control. He isolated Israel in a wilderness,
where he alone would be their only source of life, caring
for their every need.
Israel had no control over their survival in that desolate
place. They couldn't control the availability of food or
water. They couldn't control their destination, as they
had no compasses or maps. How would they eat and drink?
Which direction would they go? And where would they end
God would do it all for them. He would guide them every
day by a miracle cloud, one that glowed at night and
dispelled the darkness before them. He would feed them
with angels' food from heaven and provide them with water
from a Rock. Yes, every single need would be supplied by
the Lord, and no enemy would be able to defeat them.
"Out of heaven he made thee [Israel] to hear his voice,
that he might instruct thee" (Deuteronomy 4:36). God's
people would hear his very words guiding them, and in turn
they would testify, "Who is there of all mankind who has
heard the voice of the living God?" (see 4:32-34).
The nations surrounding ancient Israel were filled with
"other gods," idols made of wood, silver and gold. These
gods were mute, unable to see or hear, unable to love,
guide or protect the people who worshipped them. Yet any
one of those nations could look to Israel and see a special
people whom God carried through a terrible wilderness.
They would see a God who spoke to his people, who loved and
felt, who answered prayers and provided miracles. Here was
a living God, one who guided his people in every detail of
This was the very reason God raised up Israel: to show a
heathen world what the true, living God was like. As he
looked upon the nations, he saw a human race filled with
violence and lawlessness, crying pitifully to gods that
couldn't help them. It was a world filled with restless,
striving, wicked-minded people, who wandered astray like
sheep without a shepherd.
So God raised up a people who would be trained by him.
There had to be a people who lived under his authority, who
would trust him completely, giving him full control of
every aspect of their lives. That people would become his
testimony to the world.
Why would God want full control of a people? Why did he
insist on their complete trust in all things? It was
because only God knew the way. He alone knew their future
and had the power to bring them into his full rest. And he
would perform the impossible that was needed to get them
This is why Israel was placed in situations they couldn't
control. They faced trials they couldn't understand, tests
that were beyond their strength to cope with. God put them
in these crises to invoke their faith. He wanted to bring
them through these experiences to build their confidence,
so that no matter what the future held, they could say,
"God has delivered us, and he will deliver us again. He
brought us through the plagues of Egypt, and out of the
bondage of Pharaoh. All glory to the Lord in our present
Beloved, this is still the way God produces faith in his
people. He brings us into fiery trials that we can't
survive in our own strength. We face troubles that can't
be solved except by miracles of deliverance. You see, like
Israel we're destined to be God's "trophy people." He
wants us as his examples to a lost world: a people brought
to the end of themselves, who see before them impassable
mountains, uncrossable seas, impossible wilderness
experiences, and who declare, "This is all beyond me. It's
going to take miracles to see me through. I can't cope
with it on my own, and I can't reason it through. No
person or institution can deliver me. The Lord is my only
hope. I have to give him full control of my life and
future. I'm going to trust him in all my ways."
So, which choice did Israel make? They responded with
outbursts of mistrust and unbelief - ten such outbursts, in
fact. And finally, God said, "Enough." Consider the
Bible's summation of them: "They could not enter in because
of unbelief" (Hebrews 3:19). Sadly, those ancient
Israelites didn't become examples of a people who wholly
depended on their Lord, but rather examples of unbelief.
According to the prophets, God would send his own Son to
raise up a last-days people who would be wholly dependent
This last-days people would be raised up by Christ himself.
And they would be governed by God, led by the Spirit, and
wholly yielded to the Lord in every area of life. Jesus
demonstrated this for us, living wholly dependent on the
Father. He appeared not merely as the last Adam, but as
the last "pattern man," the ultimate example of what God
had been searching for: one who would give the Father full
control of his life.
"For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but
the will of him that sent me" (John 6:38). "Verily,
verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself,
but what he seeth the Father do... I seek not mine own will,
but the will of the Father which hath sent me" (5:19, 30).
We know Jesus was utterly dependent on the Father, and he
is our example of yielding and trust. Indeed, he makes
clear that such a life is possible for us. Most Christians
are in agreement, saying, "Yes, that's how we should strive
to walk. We ought not to live with fear and anxiety,
trying to solve our problems on our own. Rather, we should
place our lives and cares in his hands."
If we actually lived this, God should be the captain of our
souls by now. But is he? For many in the church, the
answer is a clear no. We sing songs about Jehovah Jireh,
our provider, and we quote all the names of God - El
Shaddai, Adonai, Jehovah, Elohim - as well as the glorious
names of Christ: Messiah, Lord of lords, King of kings.
Yet as soon as our next crisis arises, we mourn and
question God's faithfulness. And we give in to doubt and
fear, relying on our wits to find an escape.
Many Christians read the Bible regularly, believing it is
God's living, revealed Word for their lives. Over and over
in the pages of Scripture, they read about generations who
heard the voice of God. They read of God speaking to his
people again and again, with this phrase repeated time
after time: "And God said..." Yet these same Christians live
as though God doesn't speak to his people today.
An entire generation of believers has come to make
decisions completely on their own, without praying or
consulting God's Word. Many simply decide what they want
to do, and then ask God to validate it. They move ahead
forcefully, their only prayer being, "Lord, if this is not
your will, then stop me."
We're now living in a time referred to as the "blink
generation." People are making major decisions in the blink
of an eye. A best-selling book has been written on this
concept, titled Blink: The Power of Thinking Without
Thinking. The theory is, "Trust your instincts.
Blink-of-the-eye decisions prove to be best."
Think about all the hurried-up "blink language" we hear
every day: "This is an offer of the century. You can make
a bundle overnight. But you have only a short window of
opportunity. Get on it now!" The driving spirit behind it
all is, "Blink, blink, blink!"
Such thinking has begun to infect the church, affecting the
decisions made not just by "blink Christians" but by "blink
ministers." Scores of bewildered parishioners have written
to us telling the same story: "Our pastor came back from a
church-growth conference and immediately announced, 'As of
today, everything changes.' He decided we would become one
of the popular trend churches overnight! He didn't even
ask us to pray about it. We're all confused."
Just a few years ago, the watchword among Christians was,
"Did you pray about this matter? Have you sought the Lord
concerning it? Are your brothers and sisters surrounding
you in prayer? Have you received godly counsel?"
I ask you, has this been your practice? In the past year,
how many important decisions have you made where you
honestly took the matter to God and prayed sincerely? Or,
how many of those decisions did you make "in the blink of
an eye"? The reason God wants full control of our
decision-making is to save us from disasters - which is
exactly where most of our "blink decisions" end up.
How do we give God full control of our lives?
There is no formula for living wholly dependent on the
Lord. All I can offer to you is what God has been teaching
me in this area. He has shown me two simple things about
how I'm to give him full control.
First, I must be convinced the Lord is anxious and willing
to make his will known to me, even in the smaller details
of my life. I have to believe that the Spirit who abides
in me knows God's will for me, and that he will guide me,
lead me and speak to me.
"When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you
into all truth... He shall glorify me: for he shall receive
of mine, and shall shew it unto you" (John 16:13-14).
Jesus is telling us that the Holy Spirit will convey to us
the mind and will of God. "When he shall hear (your
voice), he will answer thee.... Thine ears shall hear a word
behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it"
Maybe right now you're in the midst of some affliction,
perhaps one that has been caused by a blink decision. Even
so, the Lord promises you, "Your inner ear will hear my
Spirit speaking to you, 'Go that way. Do this. And don't
Secondly, we have to pray with unwavering faith for power
to obey God's direction. Scripture says, "Let him ask in
faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a
wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let
not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the
Lord" (James 1:6-7).
When God tells us to do something, we need power to stay
the course and obey him fully. Over five decades of life
in ministry, I've learned that Satan and the flesh will
always plant doubts and questions in my mind. And I need
strength from heaven not to say "yes" to any situation when
Jesus has said "no."
Many of us pray, "Lord, I know what you told me. But I'm
still not sure that was your voice speaking. In fact, I'm
not sure I'm spiritual enough even to recognize your voice.
Please, just open or close the door for me on this
That's not the faith response he's looking for from his
children. You can pray all you want, for hours or even
days at a time, weeping and pleading. But if you don't
pray with faith - believing the Holy Spirit will guide you,
as Jesus has promised - you will never have the mind of God
conveyed to you. He waits until he sees you're committed
to accept-ing whatever he says, and obeying it without
question. Our response to him must be, "Lord, you are the
Captain of my salvation. Your will be done in my life."
At times, God may ask you to do something that's utterly
unreasonable. For a country preacher like me, it was
absolutely unreasonable to leave my small town to come to
New York City to preach to gang members. It was against
all reason for me to be told, "Go to Brooklyn, to the Fort
Greene housing projects, and witness to the Mau Mau gang."
There was only one reason I went: because God said to do
it. That was where I met Nicky Cruz. Now, decades later,
the hundreds of thousands who've come to Jesus as a result
of that unreasonable direction continue to multiply.
God does not deceive his people; he has promised to make
his will clear to all who seek him. And when we've given
him full control of our lives, we'll hear his voice behind
us, saying, "This is the way, beloved servant. Now, walk
in it with confidence. I have everything under control."