“Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established.” Proverbs 16:3 NKJV
Holding back is a phrase I could use to describe me. There are certain areas of my life where I hold back. I don’t allow myself to truly be me. Why? Fear. I fear that I won’t be good enough; I tend to be a perfectionist. I fear that I will mess up; I am a huge self-doubter. I fear that I will lose control; I feel that I always need to be in control.
This is the place that God met me at one morning a few months ago. I was sitting having prayer and quiet time with Him. I was just talking to God about my insecurities and the ministry that I had in front of me for the day. I began having a real conversation with God. I told Him that I was desperate for Him to show up and take over, that I was tired of myself always getting in the way. There always seemed to be a barrier between me and what God was asking me to do. I could never achieve what I felt in my mind needed to be completed, or it was completed, but not in the way that I saw fit.
That is when I felt God speaking over me saying, “Do you want people to see Me through you?” Immediately my response was, “Yes!” He said, “Then you need to put yourself to the side. Take YOUR hands off what you are doing, and allow them to be replaced by MY hands. Put YOUR ideas of what things should look like aside, and grasp ahold of MY vision.” I was kind of shocked about this; I thought this what I had been doing all along.
But as He continued speaking into my heart, I realized when I am full of fear, when I am full of self-doubt, those are the very things that cause me to get in the way of what God is trying to do. Those are the things that cause the barrier to go up and block people from fully seeing God in me.
The one thing that He said that I have clung to ever since that encounter was this: “You do you, and let Me do the rest.“ As the weeks have passed, it has applied to so many areas of my life. I find Him repeatedly whispering to me:
“You be who I created you to be, and let ME do the rest.”
“You do what I am asking you to do, and let ME do the rest.”
“You be still, and let ME do the rest.”
“You trust me in this situation, and let ME do the rest.”
In every area of my life, I have felt Him speaking these simple statements. How I have needed that reminder in every area of my life. How free I immediately began to feel. It has been life changing for me. How long I carried around these heavy weights of insecurity.
As I started venturing into writing down my thoughts on this whole ordeal, this Bible verse came to me:
“Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.” Proverbs 16:3 NKJV
Wow, how long I went through life feeling that I was committing my works to Him, but I actually never fully was. All along there were two sets of hands on my works: God’s and mine. Now I see that there should have only been one set, Gods! As soon as I let go of how things should look and began letting God speak into my self doubt, I reached the breaking point where I truly started fully committing my works to the Lord.
I went from my thoughts being everywhere and full of anxiety to my mind being made easy and my thoughts being settled. How? By committing my works to Him!
Sometimes I have to remind myself daily, even hourly, of this statement He whispered to my heart. God does not meet with you and speak into your heart for you just to forget what He said and proclaimed to you a week later. When He speaks to you, cling to the words. Repeat the words over and over; write them down! Constantly remind yourself of them, and speak those words over yourself. That is the only way that you will obtain and keep receiving the freedom God has for you.
There is freedom when you decide to commit your work to the Lord! There is freedom in being who God has called you to be! All the pressures you carry around are released! When you finally decide to just do you and let God do the rest, you no longer carry them! Just be that person you are, and walk in confidence in that person! Then, let God do the rest, and watch marvelous, freeing things unfold!
Author | Abby Hubbard
Abby Hubbard has served as the leader of GLOW Women’s Ministry at Mansfield First Assembly since 2012. She is married to Jason and is the mother of two children, Bryce and Sarah. You can connect with Abby at http://stillfindingpeace.blogspot.com.