“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Exodus 14:14

From Carly,

After being in the Word and studying the past couple of weeks, the Lord has convicted me of something: I’m the one that keeps trying to take charge.

I’m too busy trying (with my own strength) to hear the voice of God, instead of just being in His wonderful presence.

Most mornings, as I start reading, I find myself searching for the next thing the Lord is supposed to “reveal” to me. I’m constantly looking for something that I make up, which is definitely not from the Lord. In fact, it’s more like putting words in His mouth.

Proverbs 3:5-6 sums up exactly what I needed to hear: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Why would I lean on my own understanding? As if the wisdom and plan of the Creator of the world is not good enough.

God is constantly working in and through our lives and the lives of the people around us. Why would we want to take control and second-guess His method of reaching us? Letting go of pride and letting Him work is so much easier than relying on my own, human understanding.

2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

This is the real problem: we are so transfixed on our strength and ability, or rather inability, that we lose sight of the only One who can actually overcome all struggles. We are weak. We need saving, and it’s difficult to admit that we need His amazing grace to save us. The good thing is, like this verse says, as we let go of our pridefulness and accept our human weakness, the Lord is actually glorified. He didn’t create us to help Him or do His job. He would be perfectly fine without us, but His desire is to be with us and rescue us, knowing full well that He is the only one who can.

Whether you find yourself taking charge in your own life, or feeling anxious about what’s yet to come. Here are 3 simple things that He has made effortless for us because of His love shown on the Cross to offer us grace beyond all measure:  1) Accepting His grace, 2) Resting in His truly reliable presence, and 3) Fully trusting in Him for everything, in any situation.

I’m going to be completely straight with you: You’re not going to fix it all. You’re just not. This is why the the Lord sent His son to die on a rugged cross, defeating sin and death, to offer us all amazing grace, and to purchase a place in Heaven for us. So wherever you are right now in your walk with Jesus and in your walk of life, don’t try to take charge of it all. Like I said, you can’t. What you can do is follow this verse from Psalm 46:10:

“He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.'”

It seems fairly challenging, but I often forget the simplicity of this beautiful command: Let go and let God. 

It’s as simple as that. He’s here. He’s the One to take care of you, to take the reigns and guide you through life. To take charge. You need only to be still.

 

 

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