Click, click, click went the sound of the rollar coaster I was on as it neard the peak of the first hill some three hundred feet in the air. This can be a very nerve-wrecking moment for many, those few milliseconds when the car is between ascending and descending the first drop. And then it comes, sixty miles an hour, stomach-churning, intensity. Some choose to let go of the the bar, raise their hands high and enjoy the ride, while others cling tightly for dear life.
Our lives can similarly be this way. Hills, loops, and unexpected turns make for an interesting ride at times, and letting go can quite challenging because it requires a leap of faith. God spoke through Jeremiah saying, “I know the thoughts I have for you.” Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, encourages us to “trust in the Lord and not in our own way of doing things” (Proverbs 3:5).
Our own pride causes us to mistakenly think that we can handle life’s situations. We can get impatient waiting on things to get better, and allow anxiety, fear, or frustration to make a move, which could ultimately bring greater disaster. Reality is, we can do nothing in our strength. David really makes it plain in Psalms 127:1, “Unless the Lord builds the house, your work is wasited.”
All our efforts, ideas, and ways of fixing things are wasted, unless the Lord does it. When we try to hold onto relationships, or retaliate to things that have been done to us, we simple idle the ignition, getting nowhere. When we allow worry to weigh our minds, and fear of the future slow our progression, we kill our momentum. It’s time to let go. If you could change the situation, it would have changed. If you coulf fix the problem, it would have been fixed. If you could stop the pain, it would have stopped. If you could pay the bill, it would be paid. It’s time to let go, because your way isn’t working.
Anger and bitterness kept from past hurts and relationships will fester into cripling rebellion if you don’t let go and allow God’s love to heal you. It can be difficult, in the midst of being done wrong or watching seemingly the enemy win, but “handling things on your own” will only make matters worse.
In Exodus 14, the Israelites had just entered into freedom after more than 430 years of inhumane oppression. Can you image their joy? Now imagine as the Red Sea stands in front of them, Pharoah’s massive army roaring behind, seeminly trapping them to death. Can you image the sheer terror? But something I find interesting here, is that God instructed Moses to have the people camp there. You see, it was God’s plan all along because He knew Pharoah was coming. He planned to destroy the enemy right in front of the Israelite’s eyes. As the people began to fear, His response was, “Do not fear; stand still and see my salvation.” In the midst of opposition, stand still. When you are worried, stand still. When you have been wronged, stand still.
There is freedom in letting go, the sense of having no control, but knowing you are under control. Our lives are not our own, but we have been bought through the blood of Jesus (1 Corinthians 7:23). Because of this, Paul tells us that we are not to serve men or man’s ideas. God’s plan is so much grandeur than what we can even image, so why not trust Him? 1 Peter 5:7 says, “cast all your care upon Him, because He cares for you.” No one loves or understands you like Jesus.
I encourage you today, let go of past hurts, failures, and mistakes, and let God’s love move you forward. Let go of fear, anxiety, and frustration, and let God show you He is your provider. Let go of your way, pride, and being set in your ways, and allow the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to take you where you’ve never gone before. Let go, and let God be God.