It’s something I’m sure all of us have heard in our lives at one time or another.
When you’re in the midst of overwhelming, challenging… Let go and let God.
When things are out of control…let go and let God.
It’s a nice thought, right? Release all your struggles. Let them melt away. Allow them to dissolve into the Almighty power of God.
When I read scripture, I can clearly see that there are times when it’s appropriate to let go and let God handle everything. But I also see clearly instances where I’m called to do certain things.
In Matthew 6: 34, Jesus says, Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is it’s own trouble.
When we are tempted to worry about all kinds of future events. Will I be able to pay the bills? Will my children be safe? Will my family be healthy?
The reality is, I can control very few of these things. Sickness can fall on anyone at a moment’s notice. My work could dry up leaving you financially strapped. I don’t have the power to save my children, only God can do that,
This is why Jesus said in Matthew 6: 27, which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his life?
Worrying about the future does absolutely nothing. It doesn’t change anything, it doesn’t add even a minute to your life, it doesn’t solve any of your problems. It’s a complete waste of time.
We have to trust in something higher than ourselves. Faith and trust in God to take care of me, to provide for me, to handle all of these overwhelming circumstances, there is a real sense in which I’m called to let go and let God.
Be anxious for nothing. Cast all your cares upon the Lord because he cares for me.
I can say to God, Lord, I don’t have the power to control my life. But in light of this, I am letting go of the control I think I have over the situation. I am giving up on trying to figure everything out. And have control over my life instead I am trusting in God with all my heart. I know I can’t handle this on my own.
When it comes to worrying about life’s circumstances, we can truly let go and let God.
This may sound completely opposite of what I just said. But do not let go and let God when it comes to Prayer.
Even in contradiction, we are still called in the midst of trials, challenges, and heart-rending circumstances. We are still called to be active and Pray.
We are simultaneously called to let go and let God and still be actively engaging with God in Prayer.
In Philippians 4: 6 it says do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made to God.
How do you overcome anxiety? How do you receive peace from God?
Be actively, persistently bring your requests to God. By taking hold of each care that lays heavy on your heart and casting it upon God.
Jacob in the Bible wrestled with God and his Angels until God blessed him. We must not let go and let God, we must run to God and wrestle in prayer and remind him and us of his promises he said he would keep. We must fight against our sinful tendencies to worry and seem to put to death our sinful desire for control.
So, when our life is overwhelming. We can trust God and let go of our desire to control our lives and instead joyfully submit to what he has for us. At the same time labor in prayer and fight for holiness.
You believe in God for your soul. Believe in him about your property. Believe in God about your spouse or your child. Believe in God about your losses and bad debts and declining business.Charles Spurgeon
Yes, I struggle and stumble and fall. Yes there are sins that I still give in to.
But nothing can stop God’s plan to make me more like Jesus until that final day when he returns and finishes the job once and for all. Even when I am faithless, God is still faithful.
Jude 24 says, Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his Glory with great joy.
I am called to fight against my sin.
To put to death my flesh.
To fight against the tempations of Satan.
The phrase ”let go and let God, ” highlights paradox in scripture. We truly can trust God to provide for us and care for us and help us grow in go holiness. We can rest in glorious truths. We can stake our lives upton them.
God will be faithful to do what he has promised. If we have faith and trust in him.