When You Can’t Let Go

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take. – Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)

Isn’t letting go the hardest thing to do? Whether it’s material possessions, past hurt and mistakes, unforgiveness, loved ones or plans for the future letting go and trusting God isn’t for the faint of heart. I know this struggle all too well and my Goliath in this area has been letting go of my plans. What’s worse is just when I think I’m doing well, my plans try to sneak up on me, overtake me and cause me to enter into over-thinker mode. #Jesusfixit

The funny thing is, I try to use “logic” to let God know why I “need to know” what He’s planning on doing. “Like Lord surely you can tell me this so I can do this and that.” (I tried it.) No matter how hard I may plan myself silly God still doesn’t tell me anything other than what He feels I need to know. (He’s sovereign like that.)

I came across a statement on FB that has changed my life and my perspective on faith:

“Am I truly trusting God or am I just giving Him the benefit of the doubt?”

Many times we say we’re trusting God and leaving it in His hands but we go back and forth in our minds, we stress and worry ourselves sick or we dibble and dabble until we create a fabricated blessing or make matters worse. If we truly trusted God, we would trust Him in all seasons and at all times, not just when it’s convenient. So by giving God the “benefit of the doubt” we’re telling Him that we think He’s incapable of fulfilling the promise He placed on the inside of us. Silly right?

In the midst of our journey, we forget how the Lord directed us way back when. So once tests and trials come our way, we feel that He abandoned us somewhere in between Point A and B. But just like God was with Moses, Abraham, Hannah and Ruth so He will be with us. When the Lord told Abraham to leave His family, He didn’t leave him to figure out the rest on his own, He guided him as He needed to. Sometimes we feel that if God isn’t speaking to us it’s because He isn’t there. Well that’s not the case. If He told you step 1 surely He will reveal step 2 when you’re ready to move on. Why would God tell you step 2 when you’re weeks or months away from it? That would only cause confusion and interfere with you completing step 1 efficiently. So He waits until you have completed your current season (or close to completion) before He gives you instructions on the next one.

So trust God during those silent moments when you feel like He’s abandoned you. The truth is, He didn’t abandon you He’s just waiting on you to finish the task at hand. The master didn’t give the servant more talents until he went out and produced from what he had already given him. (Matthew 25) So maybe if you weren’t so focused on getting to the next step, you would be able to give your all and be found faithful with your current one. God doesn’t delay our progress, we do. When we get in the way of God, we interfere with His plan and the timing in which it comes to pass. However, we don’t try to look at our situations through God’s eyes. Instead we attempt to use our finite minds to grasp understanding only to become frustrated when we can’t comprehend what we see.

Once frustration and impatience set in, we allow our emotions to cause us to add or take away steps from God’s plan. We’re tired of waiting for step 2 so we create step 1.2. And when that fabricated blessing blows up in our face, we’re back at square one still having to wait for God’s instructions. So why not just trust God and wait the first time around? God doesn’t neglect to guide us or give us instructions; we neglect to wait on Him to provide instructions and when He does we refuse to walk in obedience. Our focus should be on trusting God and being obedient, not on making plans for seasons we haven’t even stepped into. Why buy a house we can’t afford or maintain? Why open a business when we haven’t been released into that season? When we truly trust God we’re able to stand still and wait to see His glory manifest in our lives. God can’t get the glory if we continue to interfere with His plans.

I encourage you to put down (anything that is pushing you to doubt God and make your own way) and get down (in prayer) and ask for God to give you His peace. You may not be able to see a way out of your current season but it doesn’t mean that God has abandoned you. There’s no faith in work if your faith is never tested and put to work. Not only is God able to see where your faith lies in moments of silence and testing, so are you! So stand still and trust His will. He can’t take control of the “wheel” if you’re never willing to let it go.

God has everything already worked out. Will you trust Him?

Peace and love.

Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O LORD, do not abandon those who search for you. – Psalm 9:10 (NLT)

But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. – Psalm 56:3 (NLT)

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