Who among us hasn't had that burden or worry that we continue to tackle, yet time and again it is back. Finally, in absolute frustration and when we've done all we know to do, we throw up our hands and declare that it's now "in God's hands?" If you are anything like me, you not only recognize yourself in this scenerio but you recognize yourself doing it over and over again! When I finally did get that I was tying God's hands instead of truly putting it all in His hands, I began to feel the freedom of trusting God first in my life, instead of as a last resort.
In 2 Corinthians 9:8, we're told, "And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." Reading this carefully, we learn that God is able to make all things right. No matter how hopeless or futile a situation may be, if we understand this scripture we understand that God is able to take even the worst details of the worst situation and turn it into abounding grace. Why are we struggling with our pitiful attempts that continue to fail us when God is so fully capable of handling it so that we can "abound in every good work?" The answer to that is because we are cherry picking our trust in God.
In Philippians 4:6, we read "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." While we lie awake, unable to sleep because of our worry and distress, God is waiting for our request. He is waiting for our prayer and petition so that He can be God and we can get some sleep!
Logically, we are trying to solve issues that we simply do not have the skills nor the wisdom to solve. Enter, God. He knows what we want, what we need and the difference between the two. In Isaiah 41:13, He says, "For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you." Note that He offers His help. That help can come in many forms. How often have you gone through trials only to look back some time later and realize that you would never have believe things would work out that way? Maybe one of the reasons we have a hard time giving it up to God is because we will have to live in His answer instead of just having an answer given to us. That does take great trust. But God is worthy of great trust.
When we go to God initially, we are prepared to act when He makes a way for us. We are prepared to make changes when He leads us in the right direction. In Psalm 32:7, we read "You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance." When we give our worries to God, we are protected, we are soothed with deliverance, and we have given Him back the power that we rob Him of when we stubbornly hang on to problems we will never be able to control on our own.
At times, we can be afraid to let go. When we let go, we are giving up control. Most people don't like feeling a loss of control. But the truth is, we are not really in control at all; otherwise, we would not be struggling and worrying without progress. Isn't it wonderful to know that God is waiting for us to let Him bring us peace? As God said in Jeremiah 32:27 "I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?"
- ['Designated morning prayer time', 'Reaffirming scriptures']