What This Doesn’t Mean for Christians
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This powerful and popular phrase is not merely encouragement to leave everything to fate or chance. It’s not okay to let go of morals and beliefs and willfully sin just because God forgives us. We’re not letting go of accountability and good sense only because God will make sense of everything.
We still need to pursue God’s direction with Bible reading, prayer, and fellowship. Otherwise, our “God” might become more like the worldly “god”—powerless and distant. We might as well forget the cross and the resurrection but, then, what basis would we have for faith at all?
Is ‘Let Go and Let God’ in Scripture? God never instructed Moses to write these words. It’s not in Psalms or Proverbs. Christ never told a parable about how to “let go and let God” and Paul didn’t write the phrase in one of his letters. Turn scripture upside down, shake it, switch from Greek to Hebrew and back again: it’s not in there. The origins of ‘let go and let God’ are not certain.
The idea is there, but more fully realized, and with a different emphasis. After all, we don’t truly ‘let’ Almighty God do anything. He “does what He pleases.” (Psalm 115:3)
How to Let God and Let God in Your Own Life
1. Nurture fellowship. Even if you can’t go to live Sunday services, seek others who believe the Gospel and who will remind you that God is in control. Meet over Zoom or Skype and dive into scripture together. Strengthen each other’s faith by being “devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” (Romans 12:10)
You might find that, with your eyes on other people’s needs, your worries will diminish. Meanwhile, prayerful friends will be lifting your concerns to God on your behalf.
2. Discover His promises. God says “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5) Those are His words to Joshua, and to all of us. Read the Old and New Testament for more promises from God.
3. Read about promises kept. When the Lord said He would do a thing, He did it. In Exodus He parted the sea; in Isaiah He promised to send Immanuel. Jesus said He would rebuild the temple after three days and He rose from the very grave itself. Whatever you’re worrying about, it’s nothing God hasn’t powerfully overcome.
4. Kneel before God, hands out, and fists unclenched. Name the problems you are letting go of and repent. Sometimes the physical act of letting go reminds me of what I withhold from God and what He wants to give me: His power, love, and comfort.
Besides: kneeling reminds me of God’s holiness. Go ahead and use a pillow. Remember, this is not ‘gratuitous suffering.’ It’s holy submission.
Prayer for Submitting to God
Almighty God, help us to trust You. Show us what to let go of; empower us to submit. Forgive us for presuming to know better, Lord. Thank you that you have more for us than we are holding onto. Your plans are better; Your dreams are better dreams. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
“Let go and let God” means to submit and trust. What do I miss when I stubbornly hold onto foolish ideas about what is best? Maybe I’ll never know. But I’m grateful that Christ came to demonstrate perfect trust and total submission.
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