Let go of everything you are trying to control out of fear.
The truth in those few simple words I read that day impacted me profoundly. I asked myself why I was trying to control my kids, my husband, my surroundings, my life. What was behind this destructive behavior pattern?
To my astonishment, the Holy Spirit showed me fear was driving the control. Fear that if I didn’t control everything and everyone, life would not go well. I also realized my real underlying fear was that maybe God wouldn’t do what He promised … that He might not be true to His Word. This was difficult to admit. I was ashamed of my doubt.
I had a choice. Succumb to fear and vainly attempt to control everything and everyone in my life or pray and trust that my heavenly Father would lead me safely through each day as He promised.
We can choose to believe the lies of the Devil or God’s truth. I chose the latter. Believing a liar didn’t make sense to me.
In life, we have little control over anything. We cannot predict the future, and we can do nothing about the past. We have only the present to choose what we do.
God’s plans for us are always good, and even when we make mistakes and end up in the valley of the shadow of death, He is there as He promised to guide and protect us from all harm along the way.
When we grab this vital truth and let it sink into our soul, letting go of the control becomes a no-brainer. We realize that no matter what, we will be just fine in the end. Daddy-God has it all sorted.
Ask God to help you trust Him more so that you won’t act out of fear.
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Melissa Sturt is a mother of three children. She lives in Queensland, Australia, with her wonderful husband, Mat. She loves bush-walking, reading, growing flowers, writing, and sharing coffee with her friends. She hopes her articles will bless and encourage others.