There is a formula for an anxiety-free life. It begins and ends with one simple, but hard-to-apply principle: God is in control.

Now if I were to ask if you agreed with that statement, you’d say, “Of course I do.” In fact, I don’t think any Christian would have the courage to say that God isn’t in control.

But the challenge is living as though God really rules in our lives and in the lives of others. We have a tendency to become overwhelmed with the events of our lives. We have decisions to make, people to please, questions to ask or answer, workloads to complete, deadlines to meet, and the list goes on.

What do we do when everything hits the fan and life spins out of control? Remember the quiet truth that God is in control. We often feel like the world is depending upon us, but that’s not trust—that’s unnecessary worry. God asks us to give our best effort, to choose wisdom, to walk in His ways—and then leave the results up to Him.

In layman’s terms, this means we won’t get the promotion He doesn’t want us to have. We won’t buy the house He doesn’t have for us to live in. The project that seems all-important will be done just when God wants it done.

God is in control. Remind yourself of that. Everyday. Whisper it when you’re about to explode with worry, anxiety, fear, and hopelessness.

Nothing escapes His knowledge. Nothing occurs to Him.

Blessed is the man who finds out which way God is moving and gets going in the same direction.
– Unknown Author

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder