Stop Trying to Control Your Life

the people of Judah were victorious because they relied on the LORD, the God of their ancestors…. (2 Ch 13:18).

Ever taken matters into your own hands? I have. Probably more often than I care to admit. I’ve been quick to conjure up ways to make this thing or that thing happen and quite honestly, I’ve been fairly successful through the years because of it. My own grit and determination have plowed a lot of ground for myself. Now, God has taken the plow from my hand and made me sit and wait. He’s making things difficult in my life and it’s because He loves me. He’s trying to give me a gift so great I wouldn’t believe it and He’s asking me to practice patience.
I hate practicing patience, but I must. I must release control and walk the path of surrender with God.
Not getting what I want has been good for my growth in Christ. It’s teaching me that there is joy in waiting. It’s showing me that waiting for God’s best is better than plowing my own way. I’d be lying though if I didn’t say that it was extremely hard to do. Yet with each moment of surrender comes another splash of God’s grace.
I’m not sure where life meets you today but set your heart upon the greatness and goodness of God. His plan for you is good.
Yes, life can be painful. I get that. I really do, but there is a purpose in our pain as we release it to God and partner with Him in His work. He’ll redeem it. Rely on His strength to make it happen. Don’t feel the need to do it yourself. You’ll never see God do immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine if you keep trying to step in front of God.
Lord, I need your hand to move. Be at work and shower your grace upon me and my husband. Lord, make a way in the wilderness. Show us what your steps are for us. Lead us by your grace, in Jesus name, Amen.

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