Isn't it odd how we can say we trust God with a situation and release it to Him but then start to 'freak out' and think we need to manage it and take control again? Sometimes we will pray for a child to say, help the needy, then when he cleans out his savings to do it we 'freak out'. We pray for our children to be generous and when they do we worry they have given all their money away. Another example would be praying for your son or daughter to be a missionary but when they say they want to go to Africa you 'freak out' and say "Lord that is not what I meant." Perhaps your son or daughter has a brand new car, bike, camera or other expensive item and someone wants to use it. They loan it out but you may worry and think "why did they share something so expensive?" Freaking out again. After all ,do we not teach our children to share and that it is all God's property anyway?
Pray about something and try to let it go. It is easy to want to micromanage things for God sometimes, but really, He does not need our help. We supposedly 'release' our concern to the Lord but then in many cases can not truly let it go.
The idea for the title of this devotion today came from a friend in my Moms in Touch prayer group, when she mentioned how we 'freak out' about something we already prayed would happen. When it does happen we are not prepared and can not trust God that everything in the end is part of the big plan.
A friend once told me 'Believe=Receive and Doubt=Do Without.' That is pretty profound if you think of it. Did you pray about it? Then let it go and let God do the rest. Do not take the controls yourself. God is perfectly capable of working things out and has a plan. James 1:6 says "But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind." Don't be a doubter but be a believer.
Matthew 6:27 tells us "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" So really all that fretting and 'freaking out' does not do one bit of good and only causes you to lose your peace.
One of my favorite verses is Proverbs 3:5-6 which says "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." Be blessed and trust God. He knows what He is doing.
PRAYER: Father I want to totally trust you and not second guess my prayers. When I pray for you to take charge help me learn to let go. In Jesus Name. Amen.