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relinquish Control

By Chelsea Oliver
August 6, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE ​to read today’s passages.

Ezra 3:1-4:23
1 Corinthians 2:6-3:4
Psalm 28:1-9
Proverbs 20:24-25

Somewhere along the way I became an anxious person. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when it started, but between obsessing over my GPA, uncertainty about my future post-college, the spiritual gloom of the Pacific Northwest, and a season of disordered eating and excessive exercise, it just sort of happened. Control was my close friend, and even today, we’re still too close.

Our passage from Proverbs 20:24 says, “A person’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way?” We can’t possibly know what even the next moments will hold, but we can cling to His promises and find comfort in the truth that He is with us in all circumstances. Psalm 28:7 says, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and he helps me.” What a relief! We have unlimited access to the Lord. When stress and worry creep in, rather than hopelessly grasping for control, we can go to Him and rest assured in His ultimate authority, and ask for His guidance and the peace only He can give.

By taking the time to continually cultivate a relationship with Jesus, and attuning our hearts to the workings of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we can more fully understand and live into what God has freely given us (1 Corinthians 2:12): hope, peace, wisdom, and eternal life, to name a few.

The words of Corrie ten Boom have always stuck with me, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” In time, I began to loosen the reigns of control after college. I still faced trials, but as I grew closer to God I was more joyful, peace became achievable, and God did some serious work to soften my heart. I grew deeper in relationship with my family, eventually met my now husband, and without hesitation moved to the Bay Area. Relinquishing control and handing over my anxiety to God is something I have to work at daily. As I do so, I remind myself that He is faithful. He has and will pull me through whatever I am facing.

To memorize:

Hear my cry for mercy
as I call to you for help,
as I lift up my hands
toward your Most Holy Place.

— Psalm 28:2

Prayer to start with: Lord, thank you for directing my steps. Draw me closer to you, so that your will may be done. Help me to stress less, pray more, and be a light to others. I trust you, and look forward to eternal life spent with you.