Thy will be done. It sounds so easy — just “let go and let God”. It sounds like a marvelous idea until it’s time to actually trust Him to take care of us. Whether dealing with a relationship, financial, or any other type of issue, most of us have struggled with giving it up to God and letting Him take control. Whether we say it or not, most of the time we think we can handle our situations better than God – that we know what’s best for us. That’s when the struggles in life start happening.
When we say “Thy will be done,” or “God, I’m giving this to you,” we are giving up, and that’s not a bad thing. We’re telling God that we’re trusting Him. We’re allowing Him to work in our lives and through our situations. We’re saying that we trust Him to work all things together for our good, whether we understand it or not.
But how do we know we can trust God? How do we take that first step? There are countless examples found in Scripture. Many times, these individuals were trusting God in a life and death situation. Take Daniel, for example. He was thrown into a lion’s den for his faith, but he chose to trust God in his situation and wasn’t harmed.
“Daniel answered, ‘May the king live forever! My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.'” – Daniel 6: 21-22
Daniel did what God is calling all of us to do: just give up. Give up all your worries, fears, anger, unforgiveness, bitterness and hate. It doesn’t mean you have to give up your hope, He just wants you to give up your control.
“For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.” – Psalm 33:4-6
God really does have your best interests at heart. Yes, we will still be hurt. Yes, we will still feel the sting of betrayal, or anger, or fear. But God doesn’t want us to live in those areas. He wants us to live in the joy and peace that only He can provide. But He can only provide those things when we’re willing to give up control over our situation and let Him handle it. “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.”