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Psalm 46

Recently in a Sunday morning assembly I addressed the is- sue of letting God take care of His responsibilities while we take care of what He assigns us. Our calling in this regard is to “Cease striving and know that I am God…” (Psalm 46:10). Letting go, relaxing; some translations read “Be still,” etc. A cessation of hopeless, frustrating attempts to change what you can’t. What a relief it is to let God be God!

Some further benefits

1. There is no doubt God engages us in doing His work. Ephesians 2:10 makes that very clear. But by trusting God to fulfill His promises, we are left free to focus our energies on the things we are to do in serving Him. And besides, even the energy to do our part comes from Him (Ephesians 6:10; 1 Peter 4:11).

2. God has the perfect, objective, infallible perspective on everything. Leaving the greater issues to Him (letting Him be the “boss”) empowers us to follow ra- ther than to imperfectly lead. We will always make mistakes, but we can be sure the path is straight when the Perfect One establishes it (Proverbs 3:5-8).

3. Occasionally we may struggle with a perception that we have little or no value in the Kingdom of God. We compare ourselves with the works of others, and feel our contribution is insignificant. But the Word of God indicates otherwise (1 Peter 4:10). When we engage in doing what the Lord directs and equips us to do, we’re serving as He intends. The “Boss” knows where, how, and when our gifts are best employed. Our satisfaction should come from pleasing Him, peri- od.

Be a happy servant! Be assured that God has a place for you to serve and things for you to do. Don’t fret and worry over the things beyond your control- leave them in the hands of the One who can truly “do all things well!”