This week, a number of friends posted concerns on social media, ranging from quotidian frustrations to grave challenges. In each case, someone replied, “God’s got this.”

I understand and rejoice in the reassurance implicit in the statement: God is in control and He will lead us through even the most difficult moments of our lives. But as I saw the phrase repeated, I wondered how often we confront a problem and go no further than “God’s got this.” We step back from the fray rather than leaning into it. Instead of just handing over our fears so we can see clearly where God would have us go, we stop trying to go anywhere.

But the conviction that God is in control does not relieve us from responsibility. God’s plan includes our working according to that plan, serving Him and each other as He has commanded. God tells us not to worry and not to fear, but He also tells us to go forth and work and love and advance His Kingdom.

Belief is not passive. Faithfulness is not inertia. Standing fast does not mean standing still. The notion that God’s got this should embolden us to take action in His Name, remembering that He will be with us every step of the way. It is crucial that we keep our hearts and minds open to His guidance and then go where He sends us, even if it is a path that surprises or challenges us.

Yes, God’s got this – and He’s counting on us to be His body on earth to bring His plans to fruition. As we confront our problems and choices, as we embrace our joys and blessings, let us remember we are here to serve Him. Let’s keep working.

“Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of Him who is the head, that is, Christ. From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”
Ephesians 4:1416