You’ve maybe heard the phrase, “Let go and let God.” Those five words are so simple, yet hold so much promise and instruction. They also happen to be some of the most difficult words for many of us to follow. Especially me.
These words had been popping up in my life so frequently the past couple of years that it became apparent that God was trying to speak to me. I started paying better attention, and now here we are…
There are numerous Bible verses which allude to the meaning behind letting go and letting God. Here are some that really resonate within my heart when I think about how God wants me to understand His message:
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
The best way I can describe my own experience with letting go and letting God is that I am learning to let go of incidents in my life that may seem like a bother, to joyfully find that God had a spiritual hand in them for a positive outcome. For example, I may have felt frustrated about being stuck in traffic and grumbled at how I had to park far away from the store’s entrance (Target, one of my favorites!), but then was pleasantly surprised with bumping into an old friend at that store who I hadn’t seen in a while. God was setting up the timing so that I could be there at just the right moment to see my friend! All of that stressing and grumbling wasn’t even necessary. I should have just let go and let God, and therefore saved myself from the emotional stress.
So now, I am making a more concerted effort to just let go of the annoyances and worries of life, and let God work it all out as it should be. It’s a big exercise in faith and patience, believe me! (Even as I type this, I am trying not to be bothered by the fact that this post is not exactly turning out as I had planned it, and yet trusting that God is guiding my thoughts to create something genuine and worthy.)
How have you let go and let God? I’d love for you to share in the comments. As always, thanks for stopping by. ❤