Let God Be God

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I loved the weekend message! Sarah Bucher did an amazing job. I laughed when Sarah modified the title “control freak” to “control expert” because she thought control expert had a much better connotation. It may very well sound better, but the reality is that control experts drive others and themselves crazy.

I know this because I am a recovering control expert. (My loving husband just told me I’m still a control freak. He will be punished!) When things aren’t going the way I think they should, I try to “fix” it. I usually end up getting stressed and irritable. It seems like the more I try to control things, the more I feel like I am hitting my head against a brick wall. I wish I would learn that controlling and manipulating only tend to worsen the situation. I remember reading somewhere that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome—GUILTY!

The last several months have been a real eye-opener about how much control we truly have in our lives. COVID-19, stay-at-home orders, the economy, violence, and political unrest have rocked our world. I have spent a lot of time pondering, worrying about, and trying to solve these difficult issues. I wish I could say I was successful. Instead, I feel tired and overwhelmed.

When it comes to trying to control aspects of life, Sarah encouraged us to ask the questions:

Is it worth it?
Is it mine to control?
Is it God’s alone?

Using these questions as a filter to deal with life’s issues could save us from unnecessary worry and anxiety and lead to peace and rest in the midst of difficult circumstances.

1 Peter 5:7
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.Sarah defined surrender as trading fear for freedom. God can handle all our worries and anxieties. Jesus wants us to surrender everything to him. He does not want us to be burdened. He wants to give us rest and freedom.

Matthew 11: 28 and 30
28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. … 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

When you are overwhelmed and feel the need to control and fix things—pause, take a deep breath, and pray. Ask God to give you faith that he is in control and that he has a perfect plan. You need to trust that God is God, and then you need to totally surrender your burdens (real or imagined) to him.

Proverbs 3:5-6
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

I praise God that he is in control. I don’t have to fix anything—I just need to trust him and surrender to him because Jesus came to give us life in abundance.

Please make the decision to let God be God.

What things do you try to control? What do you need to surrender to God?

Next Steps:
Read and meditate on Psalm 23. Journal the ways God has provided for you. Praise God for these blessings and reflect on them during difficult times.

God, I praise you that you are such a loving God. Help me to cast all my cares on you. I am so grateful that you have a perfect plan and I can trust you. Jesus, I praise you that you came so that I may have life in abundance. Help me to surrender my fears to you and live in your total peace, joy, and hope. Amen.

This post was written by Marsha Raymond. Marsha has been happily married to her husband, Jeff, for 30 years. They have two grown sassy and fearless daughters. She loves spending time with God, her family and friends, reading, riding bicycles, yoga and walking.

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4 replies
  1. Julie Estep
    Julie Estep says:

    I like to think I’m more of a “take charge” kind of person as opposed to a “control freak”, but I think friends and family members would agree I’m more the latter. I don’t mean to be, I just know something needs done and I jump in and do it. No need to waste time “talking” about it, right? Sometimes I grumble that others aren’t “doing their part” though. Is it maybe because I haven’t given them a chance? Have they come to rely on knowing “I’ll just do it”? Maybe. Maybe I just need to slow down a little and let God be God. Thanks for the insight Marsha!

  2. Amy Crofts
    Amy Crofts says:

    Thank you for this Marsha! I am also a self-proclaim control expert. I too, loved Sarah’s message and thought it was exactly what I needed in this season. God is pretty cool like that, huh? 🙂 I loved Sarah’s idea to put names into verses to specifically pray. Man, what a feeling of relief that is to take off our shoulders and put on God’s!

  3. T
    T says:

    As an ICU nurse in the midst of choas or when a patient is sick you can’t be passive in order to take of your pt. It is a take charge kind of role between you and the other providers. This take charge role spilled out into my life outside of work without me even realizing it and I was controlling everyone and everything so that things would work out for the best possible outcome and people would have the possible outcome. I wanted people to do things my way because I thought my way seemed better. Then chaos happened and I had no control. After trying multiple times to regain control to no avail I realized I did not control others nor could I anymore. By the grace of God I finally found rest and that led me on the most amazing journey to Christ ever!

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