Devotional

 “Becoming like Christ is a long, slow process of growth.”  – Rick Warren

If you asked a group of Christians what the hardest spiritual lesson they had to learn, you would probably get a variety of answers. The answers would probably include the usual suspects of faith, trust, self-discipline, understanding scripture, forgiveness, finding our purpose. It would most likely also include dealing with our attempts to control everything and trusting God and giving Him control. Letting go is not always easy. It is easy to forget that we are giving control to the One who has control over all things. 

 At one time or another, we all come to the conclusion we have this whole life thing figured out. We become pretty adept at making a beeline for God and giving control to Him when we’re met with challenges that we can’t solve. The question is why in some moments in life it was easy to go to God, while in others, while we count on ourselves for other moments when we should ‘trust in the Lord with and not depend on your own understanding.”(Proverbs 3:5)   

Letting go and letting God take control is difficult because we don’t fully know the character of God. We believe we can trust God, but only to a point; the point we are faced with a challenge that requires more than we are comfortable giving. If we truly believed that God was good, that He loves us conditionally, and that He has a good plan for our lives, why would we hesitate to give Him complete control?  Why wouldn’t we be letting go and letting God take control if we actually, truly knew and believed in who He said He was?

 Most people believe having some control is a good thing. But when you are in control God isn’t. It is that simple.  So we need to decide every day who’s going to be in control of our life — us or God. There are things in our lives that we want to control. We want to set the rules and be the final arbiter of what is right and wrong. Psalm 46:10 says, “Let go of your concerns! Then you will know that I am God. I rule the nations. I rule the earth” (GW). 

Let God be in control.  Instead of trying to make situations what you want them to be or manipulating things so you’ll feel better, trust that God has you right where He wants you. Everything goes through God’s hands first before it even reaches your life. We must remember that nothing takes Him by surprise. (Psalm 139:1-6) Let go, breathe, and let God take control. He knows what’s best for each and every person—much more than we could ever understand.

There is so much joy to unlock in the Christian life, so much potential each of us has for doing His work in the world, so much opportunity to be the salt and light in the world. We don’t want to forfeit the abundant, purposeful life Jesus died to provide simply because we are bogged down by trying to control what we can’t control.  

 Let go and let God be in control.  

 Discussion Questions: 

  1. Responsibility is God’s gift to us. As long as we never assume responsibility for ourselves, our choices, and our actions, we will remain stuck. Agree or disagree and why? 
  2. What area of your life are you struggling to control?  What can you do this week to give it to God?