Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Devotion on “Let Go, Let God”
There are many things we hold on to. Family ties, past memories, our national pride, even wealth and position. All of our wealth and possessions have been given to us by God. He opens doors of opportunity and equips us in our labor. Some of us hold on to grief, anxiety, bitterness, and a desire for vengeance. However, any fermenting grief, anxiety, or bitterness is of our own making. God understands our feelings, but He doesn’t want us to be ruled by them. He only gives good gifts and never encourages the harboring and cultivation of sin stimulated by angry, brewing emotions.
“The blessing of the LORD makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.”
Proverbs 10:22 (NKJV)
“The Lord makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and lifts up.” 1 Samuel 2:7 (NKJV)
I learned an important lesson years ago and it has served me well. I always strive to hold my good blessings and treasures with a loose grip. They are mine only because God gave them to me. Should He decide to reclaim them, it hurts far less to let go of them when they are held with a relaxed grip. Nobody wants to experience God forcefully yanking a treasure out of our hands. A mental attitude of all I have belongs to God helps when we must let go of people, jobs, homes, finances, hopes, and dreams.
Letting go is much easier when we remember that nothing is actually ours. All things belong to God. Sure, God likes to bless us with friends, finances, children, and other blessings but ultimately, we have them only because God provided them. Circumstances can change in an instant and often with no explanation from God.
There is no promise in the Bible saying all riches will remain in our coffers and children belong to us forever. We are given the privilege of raising children up in the way they should go, but then we are to called to release them. They belong to God and He has created works for them to accomplish for His glory. Regarding riches in this world… they should be used to glorify God and bless others. The Word tells us to lay up treasure in heaven. The riches we have on earth are indeed a blessing but not necessary. We are promised that God will meet every need, not every comfort.
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (NKJV)
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21 (NKJV)
Letting go of anxiety, bitterness, depression, and fear is not only biblical but healthy for our mind, body, and spirit. Strong feelings require a strong faith to overcome. Trusting God with the whys and hows will help in the healing process.
We need not get stuck in the turmoil of 2020 or panic when we get the results of the upcoming Presidential election. These may be obstacles, but they are given to test our faith and serve to exercise our ability to persevere. God is on the throne and knows the outcome. He holds the future and it is a glorious one! Jesus was victorious over sin and death and we are God’s children. His thoughts for us are continuous and loving. Letting go and letting God work out His plan for us is the best way to live each day until He calls us home.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)
“How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake,
I am still with You.” Psalm 139:17-18 (NKJV)