Let Go and Let God

We have all heard the words, “Let go and let God”. Though oft-repeated phrases can sometimes lose their impact over time and become cliche, the truth resonates.

I have struggled with anxiety most of my life. I have also had debilitating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Because of these, unproductive striving is a great issue for me. Full of agitation, I hold problems to my chest, worrying, fretting, and expending stressful energy. In an effort at control I obsess over details, preoccupied with doing. I find myself caught up with ever more strenuous intensity. This turmoil feeds itself. There is rumination over the future, with what-ifs, fearful of the lack of requirements I perceive are not happening in the present. The unknown brings a nervous fear. I try to pray these moments through, yet often had the experience of prayer itself being an act of flustered stress instead of a meaningful appeal. Thankfully, God is wonderfully patient.

It makes little sense to our frayed nerves we must step back, trust God, and let Him work to affect our circumstances. In contrast to the turmoil, with God things are counterintuitive to our nature. Complete rest in Him goes against this bent. A tension arises here, but a productive, freeing one. Human desire is so preoccupied with action, with doing, with the impulse to suggest what is important to the very God who created us. We have to put our hand in somewhere. Our hearts actually think our stressing will affect an outcome. It surely does, an unhealthy one.

Whether trials, living for Christ, or overcoming difficulty, we have the tendency to think everything is up to ourselves. God does not need our help, however. Control of almost all things is not the case with God, He is sovereignly in control of everything. Not only is God able, He is infinitely able. God is not more powerful than us, He is all-powerful. He does not merely know more than we do, He is all-knowing. God does not see a bigger picture than we do, He sees all things. Our God is not the God of the almost, the maybe, the nearly, or the possibly. These words are not in His vocabulary, they are human traits. He is the almighty, transcendent God of glory. In Christ, He is infinite in power and care over us.

Our Father calls us to get out of the way, yield to His wisdom and care, with submission to His Son. This does cause a sense of vulnerability to our flesh, the term used in the Bible to describe our fallen human nature. Praise God for His work in us, for His love is more trustworthy than we can ever conceive, greater than anything we have ever known. His power is over every detail of our lives, with grace to carry us in peaceful joy. We can indeed let go and let God. We are safe in His hands. His love is beautiful.

“Cease striving and know that I am God". Psalm 46:10.

When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul. Psalm 94:19.

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