“There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death” (Proverbs 14:12).

In our desire for control, our yearning to have all the answers now, we pick the way we’ve rationalized to be best. On the surface, this way may not seem bad. We work hard. We help others. We try to be good people. But as exhausting as it is, it will never be enough. The Bible shows us it is not by our own work that we prosper, but by God’s grace.

It is scary to realize you are not in control, until you realize that God has perfect control. It’s actually a relief to find out you don’t have to work so hard to keep it all together.

In 2 Corinthians 12:9, Paul recalls what the Lord told him about having it all together: “But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

You can’t do it all on your own, so stop trying. Accept God’s gift of grace and let His power cover your weakness.