Whose in control of your life? — Hebrews 2:8–9

Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone — Hebrews 2:8–9

One of the hardest things about following Jesus is discipline of giving up control. It is one of the most unnatural aspects of our lives. But though it may be unnatural, it is the only thing that reflects the truest sense of reality.

When Paul writes that everything is in subjection to God, and that He left nothing outside his control, He included you and me. That should be something we can understand. If we are honest when we look at our experiences or surroundings, we can see that we do not have everything under control.

But what makes it hard is, if we aren’t in control, it isn’t entirely clear who should be instead. If God has everything under control as Paul writes. It seems he is being more honest when he writes ‘we do not see everything in subjection to him.’ Bad stuff still happens. Things don’t go the way we want them to go, much less the way we would imagine God would want them to go.

Paul doesn’t deny it. It’s true. We don’t see this reality yet. But God in His mercy, let’s us see Him. We can see Jesus, and that changes our vision. It offers hope. We don’t know how it will work out entirely, but we know we won’t be alone. And if we see Him, we also see that He conquered death so that we might have life.

Look at Jesus. It’s a better way to view the world because He is the One who is making all things new, including you and me. — — From Scott Buckhout