I’ve Done All I Can Do

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers.                                                                                                                          Philippians 4:6 (Living Bible)

Have you ever said those words- “I’ve done all I can do…” Of course you have! We all have. Sometimes it is in an exasperated tone, sometimes with resignation, but sometimes with a sense of satisfaction of sorts.

What I mean is that having done all one can do in a situation, can lead to a certain amount of peace. When we are in a difficult or painful situation, we often worry. Worry can be paralyzing, and that is a bad place to be. Sometimes, worry can stop us from action- the action that we can exercise to deal with a problem. However, when we have the means to effect some change in our problem situation, and we do it, we feel less anxiety and pain when we have done all that we can do about it.

That does not mean that the problem is solved. Indeed, the problem may be out of our hands to solve. However, once we have honestly searched our hearts and minds and concluded that “I’ve done all I can do”, we can have a sense of peace. It is at this point that we can truly give it to God for him to do what we cannot do. However, we better have done our part too.

When we meet God at the place of obedience- doing the hard things we have to do- then God can take it to places we never could have. So, if you have truly done all you can do, and have given it to God, a certain peace will follow.

Prayer: Lord, give us the wisdom to know when we have fully done our part in order to rest in your hands, Amen

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