Let go and let God

As I was looking for a scripture appropriate for this topic I remembered the scripture I had just visited about the Good Shepherd in my last post.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit, for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

The phrase that caught my attention was at the end of this passage, “for without Me you can do nothing.”

That is the essence of this topic because without God there is very little that we actually control. We live in a fallen world that is plagued by sin and evil so we cannot predict what the future holds outside of this current moment. On the other hand God knows full well everything that is about to happen, when it will happen, how it will happen, and the final outcome of the happening so why wouldn’t everyone want to just let go and let God handle the affairs of one’s life. In that case all we would need to do would be to pray for God to overshadow our lives and guide us according to His divine will. Simple right?

In our world today do you realize that it is no longer safe to be sitting in your worship houses for a Sunday morning service? Your children are not safe at their daycare or school. You can’t go to a shopping mall or movie theatre or even drive on the roadways amongst drunk or distracted drivers. Think about it…just how much are we in control of our daily lives today? It is really sad to say but we have very little control over our own lives or the lives of our loved ones. The only one thing we have to rely upon is a loving Father who cares about us and watches over us… without Him we can do nothing. The only remaining issue would be making sure you are connected to His vine otherwise there would be nothing there to catch your fall.

Even though there is so much negativity in the world, we are not to focus our attention upon darkness, but instead upon God’s light. No, this world was not built upon dark matter; it was built upon God’s love and the light of truth. Even though we recognize the things going on in the dark… that is not to be our motivation for waking up each morning. As children of the light our sight should be focused upon what we know about God. Knowing who He is and what He can do is what gets us up day by day. Rather than waddling in the mud and mire we can become a blessing to others who may be trapped by the darkness. We are to become a light to the world and allow God’s light to shine through us. If God is in you then you are His beacon.

As children of the Most High God we are not to remain in ignorance. We know that bad things happen… even to very good people. Although anything can happen at almost any point in time, we are not to live in fear. To live in fear gives the enemy the upper hand to control you. He wants to take away what God offers.

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

To let go to God means that you cast your burdens upon your heavenly Father who you belong to. Letting go means that you surrender the final outcome to God’s will rather than what you otherwise thought or hoped for. Since God already know what we need and also the ultimate outcome of all matters our task is to trust in His capable hands. To trust Him means that you know, no matter what, “Thy will be done.” If you belong to God then you are covered by His divine will.

Although this is a very sadistic or sarcastic example, the notion of letting go might feel like jumping out of an airplane several thousand feet above the ground without a parachute. The end results of such a dumb act would be smash, dead as a doorknob! So that is not what I am implying, God also gave you a mind and common sense. Obviously if you belong to God you know that He would never command you to do such a foolish act. As stated, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27 If you belong to God you would hear how He guides you and follow Him.

In order to have the faith and trust in order to gain the confidence to “let go and let God” that would require getting to know God as your Heavenly Father…not as some mythical figure that sits somewhere up in the clouds, but to know Him in Spirit and in truth… as He exists… right in the chambers of your heart… watching over you at each moment of your existence. As Christ said, “Without me you can do nothing,” so take Him at His word and let go and let God handle all the affairs of your life. Selah!