At the beginning of the year, I was handed a huge issue. Being the Christian I am, I took it to the Lord in prayer. I gave my problem to God and resolved to let Him – and Him alone – handle the problem. I knew that He was the only One that could fix it anyway.
I walked away proud of myself and resting in the peace that God had given me when I prayed. The next few days I was able to rejoice because I knew that God was taking care of me! I knew that He was handling my situation!
I held on to His word: Casting all your care upon him; for He careth for you. (1 Peter 5:7 KJV) And I knew that God was working it out. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28 KJV)
And days passed… then weeks… I found myself occasionally considering my problem. I began thinking about possible solutions and ways things might be fixed. A few nights ago, I was lying in bed beginning to allow thoughts to swirl through my head about my issue. I was slowly taking back control over the issue that I had released to the Lord’s care. If I didn’t catch myself, I would soon slip into worry, go from worry to despair, and from despair to being stressed out.
I had to nip this in the bud.
The best thing for us to do when we have problems or issues is to give them to the Lord. Only God is all-knowing. Only He can see what lies ahead. When we try to solve things or fix things in our own strength, more often than not, we make mistakes that lead to messes that cause us to cry out to the Lord for deliverance in the end. That’s why He wants us to seek Him first at the very beginning. He wants to save us from all of the drama.
So, I went back to the Lord in prayer. I placed the issue fully in His hands. I asked for patience to let Him handle things in His own time. I asked for strength to keep my hands off of what the Lord was working out for me. I allowed God to minister His peace to me once again.
Of course the nagging thoughts showed up again. But, now, I am stopping them in their tracks. Instead of entertaining them, I tell myself that “God is working it out on His own. I am staying out of His way.” When I feel doubt and discouragement trying to come in, I’m taking time to pray and read God’s Word to remind myself of God’s promises to me. God’s not lying to me, and He will come through for me! (Numbers 23:19)
Oh, it is a process. But it’s one I’m willing to go through because I know it will be a wonderful outcome. Better than anything I can achieve on my own. My God is able to do…exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think…! (Ephesians 3:20 KJV)
I will keep my hands off the problem and continue to trust in Him.
Thank You for being there to handle my difficulties and problems. Help me to continuously look to You for guidance and not rely on my own understanding. Lord, help me to faithfully trust in You even when the answer doesn’t come as fast as I’d like it to come. Strengthen my faith and help me to keep my hands off of those things You are working out on my behalf. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Today I EMPOWER you to keep your hands off of what God is fixing! You have the patience and the perseverance to wait on God’s answer and not create your own! You are EMPOWERED with faith to follow His prompting and not give in to worry or doubt. God cares about you and will not let your hope be in vain!
What will you leave in God’s hand today?
Tiara Wilkinson just released her first book “Days of Purpose & Destiny” which is available on Amazon and Kindle. You can find more information at http://www.daysofpurposeanddestiny.com. Tiara also serves as the Youth Leader and on the Pastoral Care Team at Christ Worship Center in Riverdale, Illinois. Her favorite passage of the Bible is Psalm 27 which reminds us that the Lord is our strength, so we have no reason to fear anything.