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 taught me that I’m not the only one He can use. When you believe that you alone are necessary for God’s plan, 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, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10, NKJV)!
You have no peace when you believe you must be 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 trust Him in total dependence. God will take care of everything we give 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 (Philippians 4:6-7).
You may feel responsibility overpowering you, but God is calling you to rest in Him. What can you do with your need to be responsible? Estimate God's ability as much greater than your own. Realize that you are not the only one who can take care of something. 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?
Are you frustrated and lacking peace? Don’t you want an intimate relationship with God where you trust Him explicitly—where you experience the depths of His grace within you? Quit struggling. Be still and rest in Him. Draw close to Him. Open yourself to new revelations and experiences in His Word. Humble yourself and receive His Truth. He exalts 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 never the best way. God’s way is. You exalt Him by letting go and trusting Him. You will find His strength in quietness and trust (Isaiah 30:15). And when you let go and are still in His presence, something miraculous happens. You KNOW that He is your God. He is in you, and He is in control. You don't have to prove yourself anymore.
Let go and receive His peace. Just be still and know.
©2021 Lynn Lacher