I like to control things. I feel real good about a day when I feel things are going according to my schedule and plan. I feel I can handle most things as long as I know what’s going to happen so that I can ‘get my mind right’ and prepare for it. I’m not into mysteries-I don’t want to ‘figure it out’ and I certainly don’t like to wait for much of anything.
I just want to know and now.
I’m sure you can see how this all can cause a bit of a problem for a fallible human being without a universe of her own to control. I currently have a situation in my life that has weighed heavily on me for quite some time. I have tried everything I know how to do, and some things I don’t, to fix it. I have prayed, I have fasted, I have read books, listened to sermons, read blogs, sought wise counsel. However, the situation remains problematic.
Recently, while in prayer God told me very simply, yet firmly, to let it go. This is not the first time He has told me this, but it is the first time that I have actively tried to obey Him because I am finally at a point where I realize this is really not a battle that I can win (2 Chronicles 20:1-29) in my own strength. I can choose to keep trying to fight it alone, but I’d just be spinning my wheels.
With this in mind, below are few ways the Holy Spirit is helping me to let go, and let God.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them. How precious and weighty also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Psalm 139:16-17 AMPC
Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. Proverbs 3:5,6 AMPC
God knew us before we were formed in our mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5). His thoughts toward us can’t be numbered. He is for us and not against us (Romans 8:31) and has great plans toward us (Jeremiah 29:11). Of course, we must start with trusting Him. Knowing that when we do, He will put us on the right path.
We all have testimonies of things that God has done for us. If it’s nothing more than the breath in your body-God has done something for all of us that we can look back on and remember His goodness and faithfulness toward us.
That this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, What do these stones mean to you? Then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it passed over the Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the Israelites a memorial forever. Joshua 4:6, 7
In the chapter before this passage God had just miraculously made way for hundreds of thousands of Israelites to cross over the impassable river Jordan. Here Joshua instructs the people to leave stone markers to remember this great miracle and sign of God’s goodness and faithfulness.
We need to do the same. When we get discouraged, wondering if and when God is going to show up, we need only remember all the times He’s blessed us in the past. We must keep a praise on lips and a melody in our hearts with a laser focus on God’s goodness, mercy and love (Ephesians 5:19). Other verses on God’s faithfulness to reference include Numbers 23:19 and Deuteronomy 7:9.
Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, [a]the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. Hebrews 11:1 AMPC
Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is there anything too hard for Me? Jeremiah 32:27 AMPC
Sometimes situations can seem so bleak and look so opposite from what we desire that it’s simply difficult to believe with our finite human minds that things can change. But faith is not about what we can see with our physical eyes. Faith requires that we be convicted, sure of the existence of things that we can’t even see…yet. Faith requires that we believe that God can do the impossible. In fact God specializes in the impossible. When things are beyond our ability and control I believe that’s when God can really roll up His sleeves and get to work. That’s when He can get all the glory because we’ll know beyond a shadow of doubt that it’s Him who did it and not us.
Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition ([a]definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace [shall be yours, that [b]tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall [c]garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7 AMPC
I’ve learned that this does not mean that God will definitely give you what you ask for. But it does mean that when we put things in His hands, He will give us peace. The kind of peace that cannot be purchased or achieved with yoga, or mindfulness or any other thing. It’s a God peace. It also means that God will grant us contentment no matter the outcome.
This is how we let go. Trusting God’s ability and sovereignty and putting it all in His capable and righteous hands.
This soul rest in God is my heart’s desire for me and you. The ability to have peace, rest and contentment as we watch God fight our battles.
Lord Your goodness is beyond measure and beyond my ability to articulate. Help us Holy Spirit to love and serve You wholeheartedly which is our reasonable service. Please forgive us God for not trusting You and taking matters into our own hands. We declare Your goodness today and thank You for Your faithfulness. We put every circumstance, situation, problem and concern in Your capable hands. Thank You in advance for making a way out of no way. Thank You for doing what You know in Your infinite wisdom is best.
In Jesus name,
PS If you don’t know Jesus as your personal savior He longs to come into your heart and have a personal relationship with you. Romans 10:9 says,
If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. NLT
Pray this prayer:
Lord Jesus, I come to you humbly asking you to forgive my sins. I believe that you died and rose again three days later to pay for my sins. Thank you for dying for me. Please Lord, come into my heart. I give control of my life over to you. Please God, from this moment forward help me to live for you and do your will. Thank you Lord, that now I am saved. I no longer have to fear death. Please help me be all you made me to be.
In Jesus name,