“Why Let Go?” (Faith: part 10)

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We throw around sayings and ‘ol wives tales like they’re gonna hold up or stick, comparable to a friend of mine who threw spaghetti on the wall to see if it’s done.

But when asked, what a particular phrase means, some folks say, “I don’t know. It’s in the Bible.”

Then when you tell that person, “No, it’s not  in the scriptures,” you get the look Charlie Brown gave when he realized he was given rocks on Halloween instead of treats.

Getting to the nitty-gritty, who hasn’t heard the expression, “Let go, and let God.” What does it mean?

Save yourself some time. You don’t need to do a google search because it’s nowhere in the Bible.

From living in five southern states during my 58 years, I’ve heard that expression many times. Some people would say it because they’d given up after their attempts to make a situation turn out like they wanted. They turned to God as a last resort, but their attitude was far from godly.

Listen to what a mom, Julia Attaway, learned: “My 15-year-old will start at a new school this week. After severe anxiety, depression and PTSD led to a massive crisis last year that resulted in nearly six months in the hospital, it was clear that she could not return to the splendid high school where she started 9th grade.

The new school has tiny classes, a lot of flexibility and people on staff who can help when my daughter has a hard day.

We’ll see how it goes. There was a time in my life when I would have been praying like mad in a situation like this. It would, after all, be a huge relief if this set-up were to work. But having been through a great many ups and downs, my prayer now involves far less begging and far more acceptance.

I used to think that the phrase “Let go and let God” was about turning my troubles over to Him, and He would take care of things. The saying bothered me because there were many times I tried to pass Him the baton, and it fell with a clunk on the ground.

I’ve finally begun to understand that the phrase means something different. 

“Let go [of the outcome you desire], and let God [manifest His will].”

The Lord already knows what I desire. So my prayer today goes more like this:

“Whatever happens, Lord, is what happens. If it’s Your will for this school plan to succeed, I will be thankful. I am very tired and I really, really, really don’t want more pain. But if it all falls apart again, I will love You. And I trust I can still serve You as we figure out Plan B.” (guideposts.org)

Moses said, “The Lord Himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” (Exodus 14:14, NLT, emphasis mine) 

No matter what you’re facing, why not let go of what you want, and let God reveal what He wants?


4 thoughts on ““Why Let Go?” (Faith: part 10)

  1. Nelson, I think this is one of my most needed devotionals you have ever written. Life can be so difficult at times and dealing with things Everyday gets overwhelming. In these ‘few’ words is the true answer to it all. the song and video hits straight to the heart ! Thanks you .

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