Most people love having control over the things they do. Making decisions and plans without interference can create a sense of independence and can bring about feelings of safety and security as well.
When someone has this kind of take-charge personality, yielding control can be difficult. After all, both the desire to remain in control and the fear of losing control can cause stress and anxiety. Similarly, giving up on self-reliance and learning to depend on God can be a huge step outside a person’s comfort zone.
But the Bible tells us to give up control and trust in the Lord with all our hearts (Proverbs 3:5-6). Even though this sounds simple, it’s actually not easy for most people to do. In fact, Scripture repeatedly tells us to put all our trust in God alone.
Listen to these verses:
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7 NIV)
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6 NIV)
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“I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4 NIV)
The above verses are quite clear: God doesn’t want us to be afraid and God cares for his people. But the fact remains that most of us have continuing fears and anxieties, and even though God has shown us he is trustworthy, we still persist in trying to do things in our own strength.
For example, remember the Israelites and their exodus from Egypt? They were worried about escaping their enemies, so God parted the sea. They were worried about not having any food to eat, so God provided manna. They were worried about not having enough water to drink, so God provided water from a rock. For forty years God provided for every need of the Israelites and yet they continued to live in fear and doubt (Exodus). In other words, they didn’t trust him.
Some of us are like that today. We battle with God daily over control of our lives. And trying to control things that only God can control is useless and tiring. God wants us to trust him and that can only happen if we relinquish control of our situations over to him. If we do so, our trust in God will eventually grow stronger and stronger and it’ll become easier to trust God in all our situations.
So this week, let’s turn control over to God and trust in his perfect will for our lives.
Donna Hughey is an award-winning Christian author and columnist. She lives in Crescent City.