Control Freak

While some people may say that I am a ‘control freak’, I like to think that I just have a very set routine in a number of areas of my life.

1 Kings 4.20-34

Reference:  v.27 The district officers, each in his month, supplied provisions for King Solomon and all who came to the king’s table.  They saw to it that nothing was lacking. (NIV Bible)

Explore:  The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a psychological assessment that helps people to understand their own and other’s personalities.  You are allocated 4 letters determined on your answers to a questionnaire.  While I am not completely convinced that we can place people into generic boxes, it can be used as a helpful guide for thought and discussion.  One of the elements that came out clearly for me in my Myers-Briggs assessment was that I liked to ‘have matters settled’.  I was not abstract and flexible but liked routine and controlled environments.  This is so true of me.  While some people may say that I am a ‘control freak’, I like to think that I just have a very set routine in a number of areas of my life.  While I do love creativity I also like structured order.
As I read through this passage outlining Solomon’s daily provisions I noticed that it was very ordered and controlled – something that appealed to me straight away!!  When you are overseeing so many people there needed to be a certain amount of structure and routine.  Each district was allocated a month when they would supply the provisions for the king.  This would mean that the king was always provided for but would not put too much of a burden on just one district.

Application:  It should not surprise me that God’s wisdom would provide such order and structure.  This is the God who set the earth in motion and who created order and structure through the seasons  from the very beginning.  While God’s imagination and creativity is beyond our comprehension, He is also a God of rhythm and purpose.
No matter what personality type we are, we are able to see God’s handprint on our lives.  If we are abstract and creative we only need to look at a bird fly to see that creativity in God too.  If we are routine and ordered we only need to look at the veins on a leaf and see that orderedness in God too.  No matter who we are we are able to shine an element of God to our world.

Prayer:  Lord, I often fathom at your majesty and creativity, but it’s reassuring to me to notice your rhythm and structure.  May we be inspired to use what preferences we have to bring honor and glory to your name.  Amen.

What aspect of God connects with your personality?

This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

1 comment:

Barbara GMay 20, 2011 at 3:44 AMReply

Dear Linda,
Happened to see your devotional notes on 1 Kings 4 on YouVersion. Funny, when I first started reading the amounts of provisions needed daily at Solomon’s table, it actually overwhelmed me. I am not a person of order, and I wasn’t taught by my mother how to manage a kitchen, so when I read something like that, it causes me physical anxiety! But then I began to realize that God gives the skills to those who need them to manage whatever task He has given them. I have just been blessed with a new home, and one of the impressions that I get from God is that it is to be a place where friends and family can come for sanctuary and fellowship. And I realize that this means managing. So I have begun to pray for the gift of order and routine… that’s when I saw your journal entry.

All this to say that I was blessed by your comments, and I look forward to seeing how God works in both our lives to enhance and magnify His own will through our obedience. Thanks for sharing.