Let Go and Let God
Let Go and Let God
A story is told of a young lady who knew how to swim. She went to a local attraction where they have ropes hanging from trees to allow a person to swing out and fall into the water below. She bravely held on to the rope and swung out over the rushing cold falls and it felt as if time stood still.
As she contemplated releasing her grip from the tight rope and allowing gravity to pull her to earth. Approximately 6 feet above the water, her pupils constricted, her heart raced, and fear stopped her throat, she was unable to breathe! She swung back onto the ledge to safety and told her friends that she could not do it.
We are often faced with trials and challenges in our daily lives, and we are allowed to decide: Do I trust God now? Do I take matters into my own hands?
The real question is: What does a Christian do when faced with disappointment, despair, challenges, disaster, trials and temptation?
Romans 8: 28 says, “All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”. Have you ever stopped to consider that these things were placed in our lives so that we can become better Christians, greater stewards for God? That these trials help us grow, help our witness to others be strong.
Strong enough to keep them from walking away from the purpose God has for their lives? As you mature in faith, God uses tests and trials to develop your character and ministry.
Oftentimes, as we take matters into our own hands, the solution to the problems do not work out as well as they should. The fruits of the Spirit, revealed to us in Galatians 5:22-23 are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control. When one has mastered each character trait, we are better able to help someone who needs to grow and mature in this area.
Our responses to the circumstances make all the difference. The Apostle Paul said he would glory in his infirmities, that the power of Christ would rest on him (1 Cor. 12:9). Let’s take a look at Romans 5:3-5.
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Opening Song: 590 Trust and Obey
Scripture Reading and Prayer: Isaiah 41:10-13
What really does it mean to “Let Go and Let God”?
1. Give thanks. In the midst of adversity, thankfulness acknowledges that there is a God greater than the perceived stronghold that the trial has over one’s life. To be thankful in these times rather than to have a complaining spirit takes a concerted effort and conscious decision. Do all things without murmurings and disputing: that ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world” (Philippians 2:13–15). Let Go and Let God.
2. Rejoice! It takes the spirit within you to rejoice over a disappointment, and you may even consider it to be an oxymoron. We cannot escape the pain of a difficult situation, rather we can learn to rejoice in God Himself, and the good things He will do through our suffering. The Apostle Paul stated: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. . . . We are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:14–18). Let Go and Let God.
3. Believe and act on God’s Word. We can follow Jesus’ example whilst He was tempted in the wilderness. He did not rely on the food to nourish His physical body, but referred to the Word in Scripture. There we find the authority to claim the victory over whatever situation there may be. While meditating, you can learn to effectively battle the enemy of your soul, Satan, with the sword of the Spirit. Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Let Go and Let God.
4. Cry out to God. God wants to live powerfully through us. In absolute dependence, God must become our ultimate source of strength, protection and direction. Deepening our dependence on Him, Psalm 50:15 says, “Call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” In our lowest moments, we must call out to Him, and He will deliver us. Let Go and Let God.
5. Overcome evil with good. Unlike our natural tendencies, we have been directed to love our enemies, bless those who curse you and pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you. (Matthew 5:44) We are promised a blessing if we reward evil with good. Bitterness will control your life- health, time and emotions. This is as if imprisoning one’s self. God asks for us to only do good things, 1 Peter 3:8-9 reads, “Be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren . . . not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing”.
(Institute of Basic Life Principles, 2020)
In our low moments, we wonder if Jesus cares when we face our different challenges. Oh yes, He cares, Let Go and Let God.
Remember earlier, I spoke of the young lady who was afraid to use the tight rope and jump into the falls. Well, this same young lady witnesses scores of persons use the same rope, and in the same area of the falls, swing and jump off. Still, she could not find it within herself to take the jump. It was at another location where the straight jump was about 12 feet high, and even with a life jacket, she could not make the jump herself. It took a companion to get her off the ledge. She wanted to overcome her fear. Fear causes us to do a lot of things. One thing we must learn from this story is that, we must trust God wholly.
Do we trust more in a life jacket? Do we trust more in a companion to help us out of a situation? Do you lean on a favourite song being played on repeat? Do you turn to Google for solutions?
Well, I’m here to remind you that God is more reliable than a companion. Holds you tighter than a life jacket. God has peace passing all understanding that comforts and soothes better than any song. God is wiser than Google.
Here are some Bible promises:-
- God loves you.
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
2. You can trust in God and the plans He has for your life
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths
3You don’t need to be afraid
10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
11 Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.
12 Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.
13 For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
4. This is God’s fight, not yours
In the battle the Israelites would face with their leader, King Jehoshaphat, God reassured them, that the battle was not theirs, it was the Lord’s. See 2 Chronicles 20:15-17. He says the same to you today.
5. God is by your side and will give you strength
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint.
6.God will make all things new and bring beauty from these ashes
He promises good things out of dark situations, strength for fear. In Isaiah 61 He bestows a crown of beauty instead of ashes, oil of joy for mourning and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness
7.God is more powerful than anything you are facing
26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
Trust in God today, Choose to be free. Choose to Let Go and Let God.
Institute of Basic Life Principles. (2020) What should we do when we face tests and trials? Retrieved from https://iblp.org/questions/what-should-we-do-when-we-face-tests-and-trials
Shirey, K. (2021). Prayer + Possibilities. Retrieved from https://www.prayerandpossibilities.com/10-reasons-to-trust-god-in-hard-times/