Friends, I have a confession: sometimes it’s really hard for me to let go of things and surrender control. I like being in charge and doing things my way, even if that is always the right or best thing. I’ve gotten a lot better at giving up control to David, since he usually has a better way of handling things and I can see results. But, giving up control to God is a whole other thing!
As Christians we talk about trusting God with our lives, we may even sing songs about it in church and it’s something pastors preach about often. Oh, how easy it is to talk the talk and say “I am trusting the Lord’s guidance in my life” but, friends, it’s often such a struggle to actually do it!
There are several instances in my own life where I have said I trust that God’s hand is at work, like recently when David and I decided I needed to go back to work. I prayed about the situation and asked God to provide for us, and after every rejection email I asked Him to show me the path I’m supposed to be taking. I felt such peace about the whole thing and I knew we’d be okay as long as we continued to trust God.
But there are other times (I’m not going into specifics) where I say “We are trusting God in this situation” but it’s really hard to do that. There are some things that I feel like I NEED to be in control of, no matter how unreasonable that is. Right now, I’m at the point where I literally can’t do anything to change the outcome of a particular situation and it really bothers me. I want so badly to make it right, according to my own agenda, but I can’t. Even though I keep holding out hope that what I want to happen will happen, nothing changes. I tell myself I’m trusting God to provide the best outcome for me, but am I really?
If I truly trusted God’s will for my life, would I be so upset? It’s fine to be unhappy for a moment when things don’t go our way, but being angry at God doesn’t help! Admittedly, my emotions were more hurt than anything, because I feel like I deserve certain things in life. Why can’t I have what I want? Well, obviously, that’s not in God’s plan for my life yet. We all have plans for our futures, but that isn’t always the way God sees our life turning out. I may never have the things I want, but I need to trust that God knows best.
Clinging to control is very burdensome. It’s a long, tired struggle to constantly be pursuing my own agenda, and I’ve had enough. Are you ready to give your burdens (whether they be financial, health, family, marriage, etc) to God? Here’s what you should do:
- Pray. Prayer is always the first step! I encourage you to spend time in faithful prayer daily, telling God about your burden, why it weighs you down, and that you want to give it to Him to deal with. Your prayer could go something like this: God you know I’m worried about money. It’s been rough lately, and there are times I’m not sure how to make it to the next paycheque. I am stressing myself out, but I know you can take care of this. I give all my financial worries to you and ask that you take care of it. I know you are guiding my life, so I ask for peace as I wait to see what you have in store.
- Look to the Bible. There are dozens of verses that talk about giving your burdens to God, so read them, and take them to heart.
- Share. Tell someone about your burden and gain support from them. In Galatians 6:2, Paul tells us “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ”, so that we may be of encouragement to one another. Telling someone about our struggles means there is another person to pray for us, and we no longer have to bear the burden alone. If you’re married, tell your spouse! If not, pick a parent, close friend, pastor, etc. Having burdens to cast on God doesn’t make you weak…it makes you human.
Every single person on earth has struggles, but one of the great things about being a Christian is that we no longer have to carry them ourselves. in His Word, God tells us over and over to cast our burdens on Him and He will give us rest. Isn’t that worth giving up control? Aren’t you getting tired of carrying that weight alone?
I want to leave you with one final thing: a wonderful song that really spoke to me about God’s power and desire to take my own personal burdens. After hearing this, I realized I NEED to give up control. I hope this video, and my post, encourage you to do the same. If you want to contact me about anything I’ve written today, feel free to comment below or send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).