The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. (Ps. 29:11)
One of the co-teachers of my adult Sunday school class challenged us to give our problems to God—just like that—give them to God! I was too shy in my young adult years to ask how to do that, so as I sat there, I silently, fervently asked God to show me. After Sunday school, I went to the church service. We were invited to come to the altar to pray for our individual needs. Again, I asked God how. His answer came very clearly: “Just do it.” God spoke to me simply and directly because I went to him. He showed me that if I’m not giving him my whole life, not just the negative part, then I’m allowing someone or something else to be in control.
In the Bible, God often demonstrated his supernatural power through nature: the great flood, parting the Red Sea and the Jordan River, and breaking large trees with his voice, to name a few. He promised to continue demonstrating his power throughout the New Testament to today and forever.
We, too, can draw from God’s power. No matter the trials that come, the same God that controls creation and raised Jesus Christ from the dead can strengthen and empower you to persevere. Go to him in prayer, ask him to take your request from you and onto him. Your release will bring his peace.
Give God control—all of it.
Ann Shadduck is a retired, at-risk-student teacher and evangelical Christian.
© 2020 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.
Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.