In your quest to make God the #1 priority in your life, you need to decide (everyday) who’s going to be in control of your life – you or God.
That choice is a battle for me. There are things in my life that I want and try to control. I try to make my own rules. But one thing I’ve learned through the years is that stress relief begins with letting God be God. It begins with saying, “God, I’m giving up control today, because only You can control the things that are out of control in my life.”
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).
I don’t know what you’re going to face today or this week. You don’t, either. But I can already tell you what God wants you to do: Quit trying to control. It’s exhausting trying to control (or worry) about everything. This is the first step to peace in your life. And then you need to recognize God is really the one in control.
Whenever we face out-of-control situations, we tend to go to one of two extremes. For some of you, the more out-of-control your life gets, the harder you try to control it. I tend to lean in this direction. Some of you do the exact opposite: You just give up! You have a pity party and invite yourself to it.
Both of those reactions are foolish. They don’t work. Instead of being a victim or becoming hyper controlling, you need to pray the prayer of surrender, giving God complete control of all things in your life.
If you are experiencing stress, it’s a good chance it’s because you’re in conflict with God. You’re trying to control things that only God can control. You can’t control your husband or your kids or your wife or your job or your future or your past. You can’t control the stock market or the economy. You can’t control the weather or the traffic. The more you try to control things, the more you’re trying to play God, and that puts you in opposition to God. Not only are you going to lose that conflict, you’re also going to be exhausted.
Millions of people pray the Serenity Prayer, which is based on the Lord’s Prayer, but most have never read the last eight lines to the prayer: “Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time, accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, taking as Jesus did this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that you will make all things right if I surrender to your will so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with you forever in the next. Amen.”
That’s where the power is! There is power when you surrender to God the very things you’ve been trying to take control of from Him.