Learning to let go and let God doesn’t come easily.
In light of current events, and as uncertainties seem to expand more and more, the idea of surrendering what little control we have left in a world gone mad is scary! To put the reins in the hands of another to steer the way makes us nervous. We know we can trust God, but still….
Friends, we’ve read many beautiful accounts of people surrendering to God in different ways.
The Bible tells of the time that Hannah prayed in the house of the Lord, where she wept bitterly because she was barren. She had promised the Lord that if He gave her a child, she would give the child back to Him. And the Lord blessed her with a son.
After Samuel was weaned, Hannah took him to the temple and left him with the Eli the priest, to be raised in the house of the Lord.
(1 Samuel 1:1-28) Hannah surrendered her son to the Lord completely, trusting in His care of Samuel. Because of her surrender, Samuel was used by the Lord in great ways.
When God spoke to Abraham and told him to sacrifice his son to Him, Abraham set out to do as the Lord told him. We can only imagine the emotions Abraham may have been feeling.
With knife in hand, before he was able to complete the sacrifice, the angel of God stopped Abraham. Because of his complete surrender to the will of God, he was promised great blessing by the Almighty. (Genesis 22:1-18)
The greatest story of surrender we find in the Word is the story of Jesus, who died on the cross to make a way for men to be saved. Because He did not call ten thousand angels to come to His rescue, the beautiful gift of salvation is available to us today.
But even the flesh of Jesus did not want to surrender to what was about to happen.
Matthew 26:39 tells us, “And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” Even so, Jesus gave up His life for the souls of men.
Because of surrender, incredible, supernatural events happened that can encourage us today. We can’t let the age of the story make us feel like it is irrelevant today.
That is an easy way to talk ourselves out of trusting God and robbing us of what He has in store for each of us.
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What Does Giving it to God Mean?
For some of us, this might not be easy, but for all of us, it is worth it. Giving something to God basically means we are taking a problem that we cannot solve on our own and putting it in the hands of the One who can.
Additionally, that means we trust Him to do what is best, and we allow Him to work without our continual prying and badgering. Some fixes take time.
How to Let Go and Let God
Letting go is often our final effort in seeing a problem resolved. Most of us have heard others say, or have even said ourselves, “Well, all we can do now is pray about it…..sigh…..” Can we get an amen?
A greater plan of action is to pray before we’ve tried to fix a problem a hundred different ways. God can save us a lot of time and effort if we turn to Him first!
Let Go and Let God: How to Surrender Control to God
Surrendering control is never easy. It means we have taken our hands off of the controls to impact the situation any further. It’s scary. It’s hard. But sometimes it is necessary.
We may be trying all the wrong ways to help, and instead, things just get worse. We can give it to God. He is all-knowing, and His ways are above our ways.
Let Go and Let God: How to Surrender Worry to God
Worry is a lack of trust. Ouch.
When we remind ourselves of some of the scriptures we haven’t read in a while, let us not only read them, but apply them to our lives once again:
Psalm 9:10 says, “And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.”
Oh, that’s right! He’s never left us yet, has He? He shows up when we’re seeking Him, doesn’t He? How could we forget?
Romans 8:6-9 reminds us that, “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God…Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you.”
Ouch again! Worry, refusing to let go and give things to God, and resisting surrender are contrary to His desires for us.
It’s time to reset our faith back to a time when we trusted, and reinstate the mindset of John 3:30, which tells us, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”
Let Go and Let God: How to Surrender Important Decisions to God
When we’ve tuned into the Spirit of God and increased our trust in the Lord as when we first began to follow Him, we can let Him reveal His will for the important decisions we need to make in life.
God can open doors and make His will clear when we totally surrender our will to His.
Here’s a little secret: often times, what you want will not be what God wants. He knows what is best for us, so we need to trust.
We need to see if our wants align with the Word of God. If they don’t, they are not for us. For example, if we are looking for a husband or wife, and the most incredible person comes into our lives, yet they are not a believer, it is not God’s will.
His Word is clear on this subject. If we get approved for a loan on a $50,000 car but can only afford to pay $300 a month on payments, it is not God’s will, no matter how easily the loan came through.
The Bible warns us about debt to save us from becoming slaves to what should simply be a tool. The Word is the authority that will help lead us, and godly and wise counsel can help as well.
Remember Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
Let Go and Let God: How to Surrender the Future to God
Matthew 6:25-30 says, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?
Let Go and Let God: How to Surrender Fear to God
Philippians 4:13 reminds us, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” God doesn’t want fear to run our lives, nor ruin our lives. Practice common sense, but also trust the Lord to keep His hand on us.
Let Go and Let God: How to Surrender Finances to God
As mentioned before, God doesn’t want us to be a slave to money, either by our desire of loving it, or by our bondage of great debts we need to pay.
If we’ve gotten ourselves tangled in a financial mess, be willing to let God take control. There are financial advisors that can help us understand money better and do so with Biblical principles.
Related Post: Trusting God with Finances
A notable Christian financial advisor is Dave Ramsey. While God won’t come down and have us hand over our checkbooks, He will help us to learn His principles and to find wise counsel that will help us if we let it.
Remembering to Let Go and Let God
Friends, one of the most important things we need to remember at all times is that God wants the best for us. Being able to let go and let God will guide us along His path.
We have the choice to approach life with the attitudes and self-reliance the world tries to survive on, with no guidance from any outside sources, or we can humbly lay our cares at the feet of Jesus. He made us, He knows what we need, and if we will let Him take control, we will find ourselves blessed.
We can take that leap of faith today. Let us surrender every area of our lives and see what our God will do!
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