Every day, you have to decide who’s going to be in control of your life — you or God.
That choice is a battle. There are things in your life that you want to control. You want to make your own rules. But stress relief always starts with letting God be God. It always starts with saying, “God, I’m giving up control, because you can control the things that are out of control in my life.”
Psalm 46:10 says, “Let go of your concerns! Then you will know that I am God. I rule the nations. I rule the earth”.
I don’t know what you’re going to face this week. You don’t, either. But I can already tell you what God wants you to do: Let go, and KNOW. Let go of control, and KNOW that God is in control. Let go, and KNOW! This is the first step to serenity in your life.
Whenever we face out-of-control situations, we tend to go to one of two extremes. For some of us, the more out-of-control our life gets, the harder we try to control it. Others of us do the exact opposite: We just give up! We have a pity party and invite ourselves to it.
Both of those reactions to stress are foolish. They don’t work. Instead of being a victim or becoming hyper controlling, we need to pray a prayer of surrender.
The number one reason you’re under stress is because you’re in conflict with God. You’re trying to control things that only God can control. You can’t control your husband, or your kids, or your wife, or your job, or your future, or your past, or a multitude of other things. The more you do it, the more you are trying to play God, and that puts you in opposition to God. Not only are you going to lose that conflict, but you are also going to get awfully tired.
Millions of people pray the Serenity Prayer, which is based on the Lord’s Prayer, but most have never read the last eight lines to the prayer: “Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time, accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, taking as Jesus did this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that you will make all things right if I surrender to your will so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with you forever in the next. Amen.”
That’s where the power is! There is power when you surrender to God the very things you’ve been trying to take control of from him.
When we surrender everything to God, He can mold us into who He created us to be, to do what He created us to do, so that we can have everything that He says we can have.
We are all here to fulfill God’s plans. God is not here to fulfill OUR plans. If more of us could understand and accept this, there would be a whole lot more of us living more fulfilled, purpose driven, and powerful lives.
Let Go, and KNOW that God is in control! Let Go, and KNOW that God will bring you peace. Let Go, and KNOW that God is always with you. Let Go, and KNOW that God has a plan. Let Go, and KNOW that God loves you. Let Go….And, KNOW!