Stop Trying to Control Everything (2)
If you find that you are overly controlling, try doing these three things:
1) Rather than dreading your helplessness, embrace it as a place of strength. It positions you to experience God’s power. ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Let go, and let God!
2) Be quick to express your helplessness to God. King Jehoshaphat realized that his forces were no match for three invading armies. So he prayed: ‘Oh, our God …we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You’ (2 Chronicles 20:12 NKJV).
How does his story end?
Miraculously! The invading armies destroyed each other and Jehoshaphat’s army didn’t have to fight at all. Your biggest miracles will happen when you feel the least able, and trust God to intervene.
3) Meditate on Scriptures that speak about the sovereignty of God and the futility of trying to control life. ‘Make your motions and cast your votes, but God has the final say’ (Proverbs 16:33 TM). ‘We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God’s purpose prevails’ (Proverbs 19:21 TM). ‘He does as He pleases among the angels of heaven and among the people of the earth. No one can stop Him or say to Him, “What do you mean by doing these things?”’ (Daniel 4:35 NLT). ‘…For He chose us in advance, and He makes everything work out according to His plan’ (Ephesians 1:11 NLT).
Relax and start trusting God—He knows what He’s doing and He has your best interests at heart.
‘…My strength is made perfect in weakness…’ 2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Deuteronomy 4:29; 6:5; 30:15, 19-20; Joshua 1:8-9
You will seek the Lord your God & you will find Him, if you search after Him with all your heart & with all your soul. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart & with all your soul & with all you might. See, I have set before you today life & death, blessing & curse. Therefore choose life that you & your children may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying His voice & holding fast to Him, for He is your life & length of day! This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day & night, so that you may be careful to do all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, & then you will have good success! Have I not commanded you? Be strong & courageous. Do not be frightened, & do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go!
Seek Him today!