This is the daily devotion from the book, “Holding On and Letting Go” and the companion audio from the July 6, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.
Here is day two and an important reminder to let go of the things you can’t control as you trust God to bring you to a place of peace and hope in the midst of chaos.
Let Go Of Things You Can’t Control
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ?”
What part of your current situation feels most beyond your control? How much do you worry about things you can’t change? Are there things in the midst of your current chaos that you do have some control over? How much does the lack of control over some things keep you from taking control of what you can?
Facing a disaster of any kind often brings with it a bewildering feeling of having no control over anything that is going on. The truth is, even in our most controlling moments, we have far less control than we would like to admit. When faced with loss, it is important to identify specific things that we simply can’t control. Some of those things may well be the disaster which brought about the loss, as well as the timetable for any recovery. Letting go of control doesn’t mean that we give up, or that we don’t put any effort into doing what we can, rather it means that we learn to accept that our recovery will take place on a timetable that will likely change often and is very different than what we would want. Letting go of the things we can’t control can be one of the early steps toward trusting God to bring hope in the midst of our chaos. It is important to remember that just because we can’t control what is going on, it doesn’t mean that it is out of His control. Often times identifying what we can’t control, and then letting go of it, frees us to take appropriate action in the areas that can make a difference in our recovery. Letting go of what we can’t control helps to bring hope not only because it shows our trust of God, but it allows us concentrate on the things we can still do.
As you pray, ask God to help you let go of the things that you can’t control. Pray that He would give you wisdom in distinguishing between that which is simply difficult and that which isn’t yours to take care of. Pray that your trust of Him would grow as you learn to let go of control.