Have you ever felt aggravated when life doesn’t go as you planned? You become frustrated if you believe that only you can take care of something. You can’t control life or make anything happen. God has patiently (and sometimes painfully) taught me that I’m not the only one He can use for a specific purpose. When you believe that you alone can take care of an issue, you become inflated with pride. You place confidence in your ability above God’s ability. And when you put more faith in yourself than God, you exalt yourself above Him.
“BE STILL, AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD; I WILL BE EXALTED AMONG THE NATIONS, AND I WILL BE EXALTED IN THE EARTH” (Psalm 46:10, NKJV)!
We have no peace when we believe everything will fall apart if we're not in control. When we exalt ourselves, it is impossible to be still before God. Yet, God tells us to be still and know He is God. He is the one to be exalted—not us. He calls us to humble ourselves and honor Him in total dependence. God will take care of everything we entrust to Him. If we are just still and allow the Holy Spirit to have control, we will discover the precious gift of God’s peace when we draw close to Him (Philippians 4:6-7).
You may feel responsibility overpowering you, and God is calling you to rest in Him. What can you do with your need to be responsible? You realize that you’re not the only one who can take care of something. You estimate God's ability as more significant than your own. You trust that He will raise others of His choosing. Perhaps, you don’t consider your need to be in control as prideful, but isn't it? If the need to be in control robs you of God's peace, is it worth it?
Do frustration and lack of peace make you question how intimate your relationship with God really is? Don’t you want one where you trust Him explicitly—where you experience the depths of His grace within you? Quit struggling to take care of everything. Be still and rest in Him. Pray and open yourself to new revelations and experiences in His Word that He has for you. Humble yourself and receive His Truth. He will exalt you when His time is right. Give your cares to Him. Let Him have control. It is His anyway. It just frustrates you when you try to claim it as your own (I Peter 5:6-7).
God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). Your way is not the best way. God’s way is. Exalt Him by letting go and trusting Him. You will find His strength in quietness and trust (Isaiah 30:15). And when you are still and tranquil in His presence, something miraculous happens. You KNOW that He is your God. He is in you, and He is in control. You let go in peace. Just be still and know.
©2020 Lynn Lacher