When You Feel Like Giving Up,
Give Control to God
There are people who never really think too much about the future. They love to live in the moment and take things as they come. Then there are those who love to plan. They thrive on knowing what the next step is, and feel crippled without knowing what the future looks like. I happen to fall into the latter category. I love to think about the future.
However, I have found myself at a bit of a standstill. I thought I knew how life would be turning out for me right now. I had all these plans for life after I graduated college, but now I find myself feeling stuck without knowing where it is God is leading me next. It turns out that God had different plans.
All I hear from people is “What are your plans now?” And I my honest answer is “I have no freaking clue!”
Sure I have dreams and visions for things God has placed on my heart, but what do I do in the meantime? It’s like I’m looking at a map trying to get from point A to B, but I have no idea where B is.
I have realized that many times we or should I just say I, (I don’t want to assume anything about you) see God as this big guy in the sky who sees and knows all and is going to tell me exactly where I need to go and what I need to do. He has a specific plan for my life, so he should just tell me what’s next, right? You know, give me a little preview of the next year or so because I can’t plan for the future when I don’t know the future. But that’s just it, I’m not God, and I don’t know the future. To ask God to show me every little detail would be insulting to Him. I wouldn’t need faith then. I wouldn’t need to trust that He has everything under control, and that He is walking beside me and ahead of me.
It is really hard to give up control. I’m reminded of that all the time in even small things, but as I think about it, giving control to God is so much better than taking control myself. He has a perfect track record.I on the other hand, well, I’ve definitely made my share of bad choices. It is in times like I am in now where I need to remember that I’m not always going to have clear answers, and that God doesn’t always tell us exactly what is coming next or what to do. David wrote in Psalm 37,
“Trust in the Lord and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light
And your judgment as the noonday.
Rest in (surrender yourself to) the Lord and wait patiently for Him.”
Some words that stood out to me in the passage were, trust, do good, delight, commit, rest in, and wait patiently. It all comes back to trusting God. It takes trust to give up control to Him. It takes trust to wait for His timing. It takes trust to commit our ways to God. It takes trust to remain faithful to Him. Trust is essential. To trust means to be unquestioning, unguarded, unwary, and even childlike. Why do you think Jesus said to have faith like a child? Because they trust without question. This world can be cruel to us, so it causes us to be wary and guarded, but with God we can let down our walls. We don’t need to worry about whether or not He has our best interest at heart because He always has, and always will.
When God changes plans we need to remember that it is for the best. We have to remember that there is always a reason, even if we can’t see or understand. Just like for me, I thought I would be headed down a different path than I am today, but apparently God had different plans for me, and even when I don’t understand how these plans will work out right now, I need to trust Him because He has never failed me.
Are there things that are holding you back from fully trusting and committing to God? What areas in your life do you need to surrender to God and trust Him in?
Take a minute to write some things down, and when you’re ready, give them up, so God can take complete control. It may take days or months. I know for me it’s a daily thing I have to remember and there are some things that are really difficult to surrender, but we can be reminded that God wants only the best for us. “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”