When God is working in our lives, He doesn’t want our feedback. Can you imagine going to a surgeon for an operation, and then telling him, “I don’t want you to put me to sleep during the surgery so that I can make sure you’re doing a good job”? I’m sure he wouldn’t like that very much. He might even be insulted. In fact, he’d probably send you to another surgeon.

An experienced surgeon wants you to trust him enough so that you’re willing to go to sleep and let him do his work. God feels the same way about the transformation He makes in the lives of His children. He doesn’t want us to give Him pointers about the way He should be fixing our problems. He doesn’t need us to help Him choose what is best for us. He doesn’t want to hear about how the changes He is making in our character don’t feel right. He wants us to do everything we know to do, and then He wants us to relax. And that means we have to trust Him.

I’ll tell you from experience that trusting God is not an easy thing to do. Sometimes it goes against all of our reasoning. Sometimes it means we have to relax instead of anxiously trying to bring a desired outcome to pass on our own. Trusting God means leaving the outcome of a situation in His hands without trying to influence it ourselves. (This doesn’t mean that we are to sit around and not do anything. Trusting God involves working as we wait.) It means we should stop worrying about the way it will turn out. Finally, it means we have to accept the outcome as God’s best for us, even if it is different than what we wanted.

God is performing surgery in each of our lives. The ultimate question is, are we willing to relax and let Him do His work? All of us might answer this question by saying yes; but the real test lies in our response to health problems, relational issues, stress at work, and financial emergencies. If God is really in control — and I’m convinced He is — then He will have no problem with managing our concerns. There’s no need for us to worry or panic. Let’s relax and let Him work.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder