Grab hold of God’s hand.
By Lesli White
Many Christians profess to trust God’s Will for their lives but when it comes down to letting go and letting God, they can’t. We know that God has a special plan and purpose for our lives, most of us don’t have trouble believing this, but the fear develops when we realize that His Will may not be the will we have for ourselves. When we’re afraid of His plan, we begin to doubt His Will for our lives. Sometimes this feeling can take us to a place where we feel depressed, lost, overwhelmed, maybe even like we’re drowning. We then must ask ourselves, how do we let go of that fear and our plan and begin to trust God’s plan? Here are six Bible verses when you feel like you’re drowning.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6: 10-12).
While we can’t physically hear God, it’s important that we remain confident that God hears us and confident in God’s promises offered through Scripture. This is the place where you will really begin to hear His voice. The more time we spend with Scripture, the more we can hear and know what God’s Will is for us. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you. When you read the Bible and hear God speaking through the Word, you begin to see situations differently and your circumstances in a whole new light. We can’t do this without letting go and trusting God. Just as the Scripture tells us, we need to put on the full armor of God and then we can avoid the Enemy’s advances. You then can make decisions based not off an anxious mindset but where you are being led by God.
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139: 23-24).
It is difficult to walk with God when we caught up in our uncertainties. Even when we believe God won’t, He will. Always apply this to your life. Even if you’re struggling with doubt, know that God has a special plan for your life. Focus on your faith, not your doubts.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6: 25-27).
Fear feels uncomfortable, but in most cases, it won’t really harm you – but attempting to avoid your anxiety will because you are robbing yourself of the chance to experience the deep satisfaction which comes with listening to your heart and soul and creating a better life fill of passion and purpose. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and want to overcome the fears of today, it’s important that you are confident in God and His Word.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17: 7-8).
If you really want to hear God and begin to trust His Will for our lives, we must get involved with Scripture and hear what God’s Word is telling us. God’s Word provides transformative wisdom, and when we study the Bible and grow closer to the Word, we begin to understand where God is, especially for us. The more confident we are in God’s promises, the closer we get to transformation and renewal. When we begin to see where God is, not where the World is, we can really move towards letting go of doubt.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11: 28-30).
Always remember that you are bigger than any concern you have and that God is control. One of the best ways to overcome the feeling of drowning is to trust in God and lean on His Word. Immerse yourself in it. While fear may continue to show up for you, when you acknowledge and truly believe that God is in control, anything is possible. Your anxiety can feel like it’s paralyzing you, but fear only has as much power as you allow it. Trust that you can challenge any fear you have with God and you will always come out victorious.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9).
It’s easy to trust God when things are going according to our plan for ourselves, but when the plan begins to deviate and we feel like we’re underwater, we begin to sink. We put up a shield so that we don’t get hurt, but we are only casting out God and hurting ourselves. Proverbs 3:5 which tells us to “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding” is a great reminder to let go of self, the thoughts in our head that allow us to believe our plan is greater than God’s, because these are the thoughts that sabotage us and will only lead us astray. We should trust God, even when we don’t understand His greater purpose for our lives.
Scripture can encourage us when we feel completely overwhelmed. Who better to trust in than God. Psalm 56:8 tells us that God not only see our tears, He collects them. This means he cares about your worry, your anxiety, your fears, your pain more than you can comprehend. You just have to trust that God will hold your hand through every circumstance.