Let Go and Let God

JusJoJan 29 January

This post is part of Streams of Consciousness Saturday

There’s a popular phrase in Christian circles, “Let go and let God.” It basically means stop striving in your own strength and let God do it His way and in His time. I think the reason we find this hard is because we are impatient. It seems like God is not doing anything.

Abraham was a prime example of this. God promised Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars. God seemed to be taking His time fulfilling that promise and Abraham watched as he got older and Sarah got older and there was no heir.

So he decided, with Sarah’s approval as far as I remember, to father a child by Sarah’s maid, Hagar. The plan was successful and Ishmael was born. The plan went horribly wrong. Eventually, Hagar and her son were driven away into the Desert.

If we decide to play God and do things our way to hurry God along, we might get what we want but it’s unlikely to be as good a plan as if we had just trusted God and waited. I’m not advocating doing nothing, sitting back and saying it’s God’s problem when He is urging us to do something. It’s a fine line between trusting and just being a passive potato. We can only get it right when we maintain communion with God and learn to recognise His leading and guidance. Sometime we do get it wrong and miss out on the fulness of the life God offers us.

Commit your ways to Him and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

My Prayer

Lord Jesus, You promised that Your sheep would know Your voice. Please attune my heart to Your whispers and focus my distracted thoughts on You. Amen.

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