Brian Simmons: “He Knows What He Is Doing”

Brian Simmons, Wichita, KS
Jul 1, 2024

He Is Greater

“For the Lord is the greatest of all, King-God over all other gods! In one hand He holds the mysteries of the earth, and in the other He holds the highest mountain peaks. He’s the owner of every ocean, the engineer and sculptor of Earth itself! Come and kneel before this Creator-God; come and bow before the mighty God, our majestic maker! For we are those He cares for, and He is the God we worship. So drop everything else and listen to His voice!” (Psalm 95:3–7 TPT)

God, our Creator, can calm the oceans with the sound of His voice. He speaks, and the winds cease. He breathes, and life is created. Everything God does has meaning that we cannot always see on the surface. Let’s trust Him, for His ways are greater than our own, and His wisdom takes into consideration many things we don’t even realize.

“…Depths of purpose and layers of meaning saturate everything You do.” (Psalm 92:5 TPT)

Trust in His Goodness

Though correction may sting, it can also be sweet. For a corrective word, at the right time, can set us straight. It is better to be bruised by honesty than to be left in a cloud of confusion where we don’t know the ceiling from the floor. We cannot know how everything will work together, but we can put our full trust in the One who does.

“A person may have many ideas concerning God’s plan for his life, but only the designs of God’s purpose will succeed in the end.” (Proverbs 19:21 TPT)

The psalmist said it this way: “He’s the hope that holds me and the stronghold to shelter me, the only God for me, and my great confidence” (Psalm 91:2 TPT). We need not fear, even in a time of disaster, for “His arms of faithfulness are a shield keeping [us] from harm” (see v. 4). He can calm the storms of our thoughts as well. Psalm 94:19 is an encouragement in this regard: “Whenever my busy thoughts were out of control, the soothing comfort of Your presence calmed me down and overwhelmed me with delight.” (Photo via Pexels)

Surrender to His Love

The presence of God is always available. All that we need—comfort, peace, wisdom, grace, mercy—are only a breath away. Trusting that God works things together in ways we cannot control or anticipate (always in goodness and faithfulness), we can live surrendered before Him in the freedom of His love.

“When you live a life of abandoned love, surrendered before the awe of God, here’s what you’ll experience: Abundant life. Continual protection. And complete satisfaction!” (Proverbs 19:23 TPT)

If you want to live in the confidence of God’s arms of faithfulness, why not surrender to His love? He does not require more of you than you are able to offer. You don’t have to be perfect to experience His kindness. Simply draw near to Him. You will find strength in His grace, relief in His peace, and liberty in His mercy. He offers you the freedom of His love that lifts the weight of your burdens and emboldens your heart with the life-giving light of His wisdom.

He Knows What He Is Doing

Dare to trust Him. Dare to surrender to Him. Try it out and see what He does for you. Choose love. Choose kindness. Choose to let go of the need to control outcomes and instead put your faith in God. He knows what He’s doing.

“Look! Yahweh now reigns as King! He has covered Himself with majesty and strength, wearing them as His splendor-garments. Regal power surrounds Him as He sits securely on His throne. He’s in charge of it all, the entire world, and He knows what He’s doing!” (Psalm 93:1 TPT)

Creator, thank You for the ability to trust You. I don’t want to strive for my own idea of goodness. I choose to follow Your ways and give myself over to Your love. I want to know the extravagant kindness of Your heart in my life in even greater ways.

(This post was adapted from Five Psalms and a Proverb: A 31-Day Devotional by Brian Simmons.)

(Used by Permission via The Passion Translation.)


Brian Simmons
Stairway Ministries
The Passion Translation


Brian Simmons is known as a passionate lover of God. With his wife Candice and their three children, he spent nearly eight years in the tropical rain forest of the Darien Province of Panama as a church planter, translator, and consultant. After their ministry in the jungle, Brian was instrumental in planting a thriving church in New England (U.S.), and now travels full-time as a speaker and Bible teacher. He is also the lead translator for The Passion Translation Project which will result in a new, dynamic version of the Bible for this generation. He has been happily married to Candice for over forty-three years and is known to boast regularly of his children and grandchildren.

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