OUR DAILY BREAD 14 AUGUST 2019 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL — The Illusion of Control

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OUR DAILY BREAD 14 AUGUST 2019 MINISTRIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL — The Illusion of Control

Our Daily Bread Ministries Devotional

Our Daily Bread Ministries Daily Devotional

(Wednesday August 14 2019)

TOPIC: The Illusion of Control

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Bible in a Year :

Psalms 89–90; Romans 14

You do not even know what will happen tomorrow.

James 4:14

Today’s Scripture & Insight:

James 4:13–17

OUR DAILY BREAD 14 AUGUST 2019 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL

MESSAGE:

Ellen Langer’s 1975 study titled The Illusion of Control examined the level of influence we exert over life’s events. She found that we overestimate our degree of control in most situations. The study also demonstrated how reality nearly always shatters our illusion.

Langer’s conclusions are supported by experiments carried out by others since the study was published. However, James identified the phenomenon long before she named it. In James 4, he wrote, “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (vv. 13–14).

Then James provides a cure for the delusion, pointing to the One who’s in absolute control: “Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that’” (v. 15). In these few verses, James summarized both a key failing of the human condition and its antidote.

May we understand that our fate doesn’t rest in our own hands. Because God holds all things in His capable hands, we can trust His plans!

By: Remi Oyedele

Reflect & Pray

In what ways have you given in to the illusion that you’re in control of your fate? How can you turn over your plans to God and leave your future in His hands?

Heavenly Father, I place all of my life in Your loving hands. Thank You for Your good plans for me.

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