A study was conducted recently which focused on people’s perception of their lives. Data was collected through telephone interviews from a random sample of 1,002 adults. Results depicted nearly 92% of adults described themselves as being self-sufficient, and roughly 2 out of every 3 adults admitted that they enjoy being in control of their own lives. Ironically, the same study revealed that approximately half of those participants described themselves as stressed out, too busy, in debt, needing new friends, and searching for a purpose. Interesting, isn’t it?
Now, I wouldn’t consider myself an expert, but I feel I’ve learned enough to be able to infer the conclusion of this study. To put it plainly: We are just not powerful enough to be sufficient on our own. How else can you explain the epidemic of anxiety, depression, suicide, and more? According to recent estimates, more than 37 million Americans take antidepressants, and yet the rate of diagnosed depression is increasing year after year. If we were strong enough in ourselves and truly in control of our own lives, it’s hard to believe we would be burdened with so many problems.
There is only one answer to the question of sufficiency: God Almighty. God alone is powerful enough to sustain. God alone is powerful enough to relieve us of stress, to free us from burdens, to dig us out of debt, to bring us new friends, and to provide us a purpose. God Almighty, God alone, El Shaddai!
Want to know a secret? The pathway to peace in our lives is often marked with a little something called “Release of Control”. Where do you need to let go of the sense you have to carry your burden alone and ask God to intervene and help you? Do it now.