Have you ever wondered why God wants us to have faith? Wouldn’t life be so much easier if we could know exactly what our outcome is to be? If you’re like me, you may tend to have a very type A personality – wanting to have everything planned out all of the time. From grocery lists to dinner plans, you have your entire week planned out before it begins. Planning means you think you know what to expect. Knowing what to expect brings a level of comfort. However, the truth is we are not guaranteed tomorrow. Matthew 6:25 says, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?”
If you’re a type A planner type of person, maybe you see God’s faith based relationship as somewhat cruel. If God knows what’s going to happen and when, why can’t He just give us the answers right now? I asked this of God one day. I felt a still small voice answer me and say, “Faith is what gives you peace.”
Faith gives you peace? I struggled to understand, but then I believe God gave me clarity. When we have faith we release our control. When we release our control, we give the power back over to God. You see, we may not have all the answers. We may not know what’s going to happen and when- but God does. Knowing He holds our future means we can have the peace that surpasses all understanding (Phil 4:7). We don’t have to know every detail to have peace. In fact, not knowing gives us the ability to live more freely. We can trust God’s plan and enjoy each day to the fullest. Faith is security. Faith is hope. Faith is peace.
Not only do we live a life of peace when we succumb to a posture of faith over control, we live our lives with an open palm instead of a clenched fist. A clenched fist clings to control- a grasp hanging on so tightly everything around us. We can’t be happy with a clenched fist. God can’t take away what was but for a moment. In the same manner, He also cannot put anything new into a clenched fist. Perhaps the very things we have been asking Him for is being hindered by our persistent need to control.
Releasing is not easy. Taking a deep breath and letting go takes effort. We have to be intentional about living a life with an open palm. However, releasing control and walking in faith allows you begin to live the life of freedom God intended you to live. He always has our best interest at heart. His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts higher than our thoughts (Is. 55:8-9). He doesn’t want us to live in fear or worry of the unknown. He wants us to live in peace. We can do that only when we put our faith and trust in Him.