Are you someone who likes to be in control? Are you super organised? Do you like routine and structure so much that any diversion from it stresses you out?
This was very characteristic of me a few years ago. But thank the Lord, He’s been stripping away and shaking things up, teaching me to trust in Him and give control over to Him.
I’ve been challenged in this again very recently as my family and I have just come home from a 6 month mission trip to Ukraine. Moving to a country that speaks a different language and is in a time of conflict obviously had its challenges and I’ve had to trust that God would keep us safe and grace us for the season. I’ve also had to trust that God would provide for all our needs; financial, emotional and most importantly relational. I had to overcome my fear of speaking a foreign language and in doing so was able to connect hearts with some truly amazing people.
In this world we are encouraged to be self-sufficient. We are taught to depend on ourselves and make things happen. Perhaps past experience or circumstance has brought you to a place where you’ve had to rely on yourself and nobody else. This is not God’s best for you.
God wants you to live a life without stress and anxiety.
Philippians 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”.
He wants us to be free from the burdens we carry.
Psalm 55:22, “ Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken”.
God wants us to be content in every situation and to walk in His perfect peace.
You might ask, well how do I trust God and Him alone?
I would answer:
Do you know God’s heart towards you?
Do you know the Word of God?
Do you know His promises?
Do you reflect on Gods past faithfulness?
If you answered ‘no’ to any of the above then I would start with getting to know God’s truth and appropriating it for yourself.
Jeremiah 17:7 says, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord” and Psalm 37:5 says, “Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him and He will help you”.
Living by the manual of God’s Word brings life and blessings are promised for those who trust in God’s word. By no means has my journey of learning to trust in God been easy. But God has been gently prying my hands off things that I’d held so tightly and I’ve become freer because of it. In that process more peace has settled in my heart and I’ve become more content.
The Bible tells us in Proverbs 3:5-6 to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight”.
I can now say from experience that even when things seem impossible and we can’t see it in the physical we can still trust when we know God has spoken. That simple, yet often painful step of obedience, where you choose to lay aside your own agenda and let God have His way, will lead to extraordinary moves of God.
What ordinary thing is God asking you to do?
Are you prepared to ‘Let go and Let God’ ?
Written by Chantelle Davidson