I'm learning to let go of control right now as you read this devotion.
You see, our son is getting ready to start a new adventure. Packing, driving, getting settled into a new dorm room and meeting a new roommate for the first time.
And for the first time in his life, I won't be there to enjoy these firsts with him.
Because of a pre-planned vacation, my husband and I will not be there to accompany our son on his new adventure. That's fine for our independent boy, but not so great for this mom who likes to be in control. The hurt in my heart is almost indescribable.
It’s hard to let go and just let things happen, especially when I question the decisions and choices being made. There are times when I’m tempted to intervene, even when God hasn’t asked me to. During those times I need God’s Word to keep my heart and mind stayed on Him and His plan.
Women Throughout History Struggled with Control
Rebekah knew the temptation to intervene. When her husband Isaac’s health was failing, he commanded his first born son Esau to go hunt and prepare food for him. Isaac planned to bless Esau after enjoying his favorite meal.
Hearing Isaac’s plan, Rebekah’s desired to see the best possible future for her son Jacob. This caused her to take control. She schemed with Jacob and put together a plan to trick her husband into blessing him instead of his older brother.
I understand how Rebekah felt. We want what’s best for our families. We try to guide them toward making good choices and having fruitful lives. But God’s ways are so much greater than our own. If we can stand firm on His promises and fully trust in Him, we will see the goodness of the Lord in and through our loved ones’ lives.
And isn’t that what we want most?
Like Rebekah, we will have those moments when we want to step in even though God is saying, “Leave this to me.” Here are 3 verses that will help us trust in God instead of taking control.
Verses for When I'm Struggling to Let Go
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV
Let’s add these verses to our power arsenal today. One of these may be just the weapon we need to grab the next time we battle with the desire to control. I know I need them ALL today. Maybe you do, too?
Then we’ll claim these promises together. We can do this!
What are your favorite promises from God’s Word that help you overcome the need to control? I’d love to hear them as we link arms together and encourage one another. Share your go-to verses in the comments.
For more on biblical women who struggled with control, click here to read this article, 10 Women in the Bible Who Struggled to Trust God's Plan.