Letting go in 2017!
Have you ever heard of the term 'control enthusiast'? Well, apparently it is an alternative word for control freak. If you have seen the car rental commercial you will know what I am talking about. I happen to love this commercial and it very well may be due to the fact that more than one person has informed me that I like to be in control. At times, I believe this characteristic is very beneficial to have and other times leads to unnecessary frustration.
The thing is, there are many things in life that we simply cannot control.
When we try and control day-to-day scheduling at home or in the workplace you may not run into too much trouble, but when you begin to control other people it won’t end so well.
A lot of times we don’t even realize that many of our strained relationships come from a desire to control. When we want to control others it causes division. Do you ever find yourself wanting other people to think like you, act like you and do everything your way? How’s that working out for you? I’m going to assume probably not too good. For now, I would like to bring your attention to one specific area where your control can seriously pose a problem… and that is with God.
One of the main areas I have to continually learn to give up control is with God.
Learning to trust God is learning to let go of control. The quicker we surrender to Him the better off we are. How can we expect God to lead our lives when we don’t stop to let Him in?
There is nothing wrong with having dreams and making plans, but we must evaluate our motives and ultimately surrender our wants to God’s will. We need to trust that our All- Knowing Heavenly Father wants good things for our life and really does know what is best.
Could you imagine a pilot wanting to be in control? The control tower is warning him of impending danger… a storm looming ahead or maybe another plane off course coming his way…but that pilot insists that he has flown this route many times before and he will continue on as he knows best. Can you say disaster!?
Even if it does not make sense to you, if you know it is what God wants, trust Him. Could you imagine being in Abraham’s shoes when God asked him to sacrifice his son? Isaac was the promised child. He was a miracle baby. How on earth could God want Abraham to sacrifice his son? What Abraham couldn’t see, was that God already had a way out so that Abraham did not have to go through with it. God wanted Abraham’s faith and obedience, not his son.
Most of us are not going to have to surrender our lives to death but God does require a death to self. This is actually not an option. In order to truly live for God we must let go of our self-serving desires and really be prepared and willing to lay our selfishness down. The thing is, as painful and scary as it may seem, it is always worth it.
Following God’s plan and completely surrendering to him is the only way to live in complete freedom.
Which areas of your life are you holding onto too tightly? Which areas are you in need of peace?
The two are often intertwined. My dear friend, go to God in prayer today and give Him your heart, give Him your life, give Him your fears and your failures. He is the Control Tower and He will lead you into safety. ________________________________________________________________
Reflect on the following scriptures, and find ways to apply them to your life.
Many are the plans in a human heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21
A person’s steps are directed by the Lord, How then can anyone understand their own way. Proverbs 20:24
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8