As we go through life, we all experience times when we feel out of control. It seems like we’re spiraling, everything is going wrong, and no matter what we do, we can’t seem to pick up the pieces.
You’re not alone.
A lot of people feel this way but there’s one advantage we have as Christians and that’s trusting in God. We can know in our hearts that no matter what happens, God is in control.
The longer we sit and dwell on our fears the higher chance we have of losing our faith. It’s so important that we walk the line of faith and trust in God not only in the good times, but even more so in the bad times.
The most crucial thing we should remember is that God is in control and He always has our back. He never gives us more than we can handle and He’s always the one to provide us with the peace and comfort we need during trying times.
What Does God Say About Being in Control?
There are many instances in the Bible where God tells us not to worry. He tells us that He is in control and He will always provide a guiding hand when we need it most.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
God is saying, don’t be fearful, because I am with you. Do not worry because I am your God and you have Me.
It’s hard sometimes when we are going through unimaginable things but we have to try to remember God’s plan is perfect because He is in control of everything that happens.
We all fall sometimes. Life is tough and there are times when many things are thrown at us from all directions. During those times we need faith more than ever. And during times of hardship and suffering, we are called to lean on God for guidance and support.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
This verse says it all. Do not be anxious but instead, present your requests to God. Do so through prayer, petition, and thanksgiving.
The scripture marks a direct path toward what we need in our lives but in so many cases, we ignore it. We don’t listen to scripture or we don’t spend nearly enough time in God’s word.
The Bible tells us exactly what we need to do when we’re struggling – praise, pray, and present our needs and desires to God.
The good news is we don’t have to be in a constant state of worry or stress during times of turmoil because God transcends all that we are going through and promises to give us peace if we turn to Him.
How Do I Let God Be in Control?
This is the question we all need an answer to. When it seems like everything that can go wrong is going wrong, what do we do? How can we turn to God and praise him even during the most horrific of storms?
The best way to do it is to remember that God is in control. Whatever is happening in your life is likely nothing compared to what Jesus went through for us. God will give us the strength to handle whatever comes our way.
1 John 4:18
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The One who fears is not made perfect in love.”
This verse says that love is the key to driving fear out of our bodies and the greatest love comes from the one we share with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
If you have feelings of fear in your heart, it could mean you need to turn those feelings over to God and let him handle them. Psalm 46:1 says it all:
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
God is our refuge. How amazing is that? Isn’t it incredible to think that no matter what happens to us, God is in control and He is the solution to our problem. That’s why we have the advantage as Christians. No matter what, we have a gracious and merciful God to lean on.
So, when we’re faced with tremendous adversity in our lives, what can we do to slow down and focus on trusting in God? One powerful way I think you can do this is to stop whatever it is you’re doing and repeat to yourself that God is in control.
Sometimes we need to say it to ourselves to feel it. With these words comes a lot of power. When we know it’s not really in our hands anymore, it empowers us to continue on and trustthe uncertainess of our future to God.
“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them.
And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”
This verse from Luke has a lot to say about the value of worry. God tells us not to worry. He gives the example of birds not knowing from one moment to the next where they will find food or shelter, yet they continue on and thrive because God cares for them.
God reminds us we are valuable to Him. So if He shows care for the most insignificant of creatures, the birds, surely He will also take care of us if we put our trust in Him.
The same will happen for you.
The last thing we should think about is what we need to do once we hand over those problems to God.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?”
This verse says that the Lord is everything and with Him, who should I fear? The answer is no one. With the Lord, we can do anything.
“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
The Lord, who is the creator of the vast universe, is in control so we have nothing to fear. No matter how big or small your problem is, slow down, focus, and really reflect on what you hold to be true.
If your values lie in the belief that God created us and has a plan for each of us, then we need to recognize whatever we are going through is also part of God’s plan. As long as we put our faith in Him, He will not leave us or forsake us.
It’s in these moments of struggle that we should take more time to praise God and realize that even if we’re going through a terrible time, God is with us. Rest in this promise and find peace in knowing God has promised to go before you, through whatever hardship you may face.
Bible Verses That Remind Us God Is in Control
2 Chronicles 2:17
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” Psalm 94:19
“Then He placed His right hand on me and said: Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.”
“He refreshes my soul, He guides me along the right paths for his names’ sake.”
“As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people both now and forevermore.”
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
1 Peter 5:6-7
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
“But now, this is what the LORD says – he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.’”