I wrote in my post Tuesday that I thought “Let go and let God” had become a cliché. “Well-meaning folks offer the words as meager, shallow consolation,” I wrote. “The speaker relegates the sufferer’s dilemma to a problem for God to handle. It seems to be more to make the speaker feel good about helping rather than comforting the sufferer.
I asked for comments from readers about what they thought we should “let go” of. The best response I got was from my fellow blogger, Butch Dean. He said we need to let go of “self”. One word. He nailed it.
Another reader commented, “I guess the clearest meaning is to put our trust in God and get out meddling fingers out of the situation.” Amen to that.
Both those comments, in my view, shed light on what to let go. In addition, I think letting go of fear and anxiety is necessary for God to do be able to minister truth to us.
Think about it. Can God really do anything for us when we’re gripped with fear? When we’re worried about the outcome when we trust God, can He really do anything?
The verse I thought about as I was writing that post and this one is Matthew 11:28-30.
Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.