In church this morning, we sang Take My Life and Let It Be, by Frances R. Havergal. A prayer-hymn, it asks that God would help us to use all of ourselves and our resources to His glory and to the benefit of our neighbor. The fifth verse in particular struck a chord in my heart.

“Take my will and make it Thine; / It shall be no longer mine. / Take my heart, it is Thine own; / It shall be Thy royal throne.”

How fiercely and how often does my will battle God’s! This takes many forms. Sometimes it is simply worrying about the future, whether things will work out for the best. Other times I might be trying to make my own plans. Often, it is a turning inward of my focus. But God assures us that He knows His plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11), that He can make good come from any situation, no matter how bleak it may seem at the time (Romans 8:28). What God offers us is hope — hope that He is with us, that He is working, that He will take care of us.

As a sinner, I struggle with the desire to be in charge, to be my own master. But as a redeemed Christian, I am not my own; I am Christ’s. And when I remember this and let go of the reins, what a blessed relief it is that I am not required to have all the answers. I am not on my own, alone as I try to make my way through this life. God is with me, He has a plan for my life, things for me to do and for me to receive.

Lord, thank You for being with me and for having a plan for my life. Please help me to rest in Your grace and to follow Your Word in my life, that I may receive all the blessings you have in store for me. In the name of Christ, Amen.