Letting go

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to ‘Dee’s Thoughts.’ As Christians ‘letting go and letting God’ is a phrase most of us are familiar with. But most of us would also agree that ‘the act of letting go’ is easier to say than it is to put into action.

I have been a Christian since 1972 and I can tell you from experience that saying we need to let go and let God is not an easy thing to do at times, yet the Bible addresses this a lot. It seems that the more difficult and personal the trial the more difficult it is to let go. So why is this?

“Let go and let God” is a phrase that popped up some years ago and still enjoys some popularity today. Actually, the Bible never tells us to “let go and let God.” In fact, there are so many commandments about what we are to do that it completely contradicts the way most people interpret “let go and let God.” Luke 13:24 says, Work hard to enter the narrow door to God’s Kingdom, for many will try to enter but will fail.

The popular idea of “letting go” is to adopt a sort of spiritual tendency to remain fixed or unchanging wherein we do nothing, say nothing, feel nothing, and simply live, allowing circumstances to roll over us however they may. But this is a passive outlook not an action outlook. And this is not what God’s Word says.

The Christian life, however, is a spiritual battle which the Bible exhorts us to prepare for and wage diligently. Examples---“Fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12); “Endure hardship . . . like a good soldier of Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:3); “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:11). Letting go, in the sense of sitting back and watching events unfold however they may, is not biblical.

 Having said that, we have to understand that the things we are to do, we do by the power of God and not in our own efforts. The truth is that working at “letting go” is just as much of an effort-filled work as anything else if we are doing it apart from God and not nearly as easy to do as one may think.

So what about this “letting go”? Many people believe that, if we are truly in a state of “letting go,” we will be able to cease from striving and struggling. Furthermore, when we struggle, we assume the problem is that we are not letting go and letting God. So how do we let go? We let go by letting God have control of it, by trusting in Him and in His plan and purposes for each one of us.

There is also a positive reason for struggling—it is good for us and is God’s plan to grow and mature us into the people He wants us to be. Struggles are just one of the ways He strengthens us for the hard things life throws at us. Each one enables us to be stronger and better able to handle the next one. Letting go is a good thing!!

Blessings--Rest in Peace

Dee