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{Lessons Learned} How to Let Go of Control

Posted on: January 21st, 2013 by Laurie Coombs 3 Comments

…all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

– Colossians 1:16b-17

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Ultimately, we’re not the ones in control. God is.

For most Christians, it’s easy to trust that God is in control of our lives when all is going well. The difficulty comes when the heat is turned up. When we’re struggling to see the outcome. When we’re scared things might not turn out the way we’d like.

It seems the moment we sense our jobs, our health, our finances, or any other area of our lives might be failing we grasp hold of any and all control we can, not realizing that this response is futile.

Control is an illusion. Sure, we have a responsibility to do what we can and to be good stewards of the gifts we’ve been given, but the outcome is, ultimately, not in our hands.

We need to stop trying to do what only God can do. [tweet that.]

So, when tempted to take the reigns, remember: we serve a mighty God––a God you can trust. A God who is sovereign over all. He is in control of all things. He knows your circumstance. He knows you and loves you. And He will work all things for your good, if you know and love Him.

This is something I still struggle with. But I know it’s true. I pray one day each of us will be in a place of complete trust. A place where our first response is to place our life and our circumstance in God’s hands without striving to do it on our own.

{God is in control. We can trust Him.}

In what area do you struggle with trust?

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  • Trust and control in the waiting for non-saved family members to come to Christ. That has to be the hardest. When you see them making bad decisions and struggling, but still choosing to go it alone without God. When you have raised a child in the faith and they have been exposed to the love and light of Christ and then they make the choice to reject him. I have been praying for years for my daughter to commit her life to Christ. Sometimes a I see glimmer, but then it fades. I feel as if she is searching for something, but she will not talk to me about it because she does not want to hear about faith. I am no longer preachy about faith, but I refuse to be someone other than who I am. I refuse to not tell her about my faith and the joy I have in Jesus Christ. Am I wrong?

    • LaurieCoombs

      Are you wrong? No. I don’t think it’s ever wrong to share your faith with others as long as you’re sensitive to your audience. Keep praying Paula! We have a mighty Savior!