2017 has been the year of letting go. Jobs, relationships, friendships, and memories.
I have the hardest time letting go because I like the feeling of being settled in and comfortable. I like flow and knowing what to expect. When something happens that disrupts the course of my life and familiarity, I get antsy. I dwell on the past for months on end. It’s a bad habit, I know.
A thought dropped into my spirit today, and it has to be with letting go, and letting God. Trusting Him even when we don’t fully understand.
In John 16, Jesus tells His disciples that He will be going away. Little did they know, this was shortly before Jesus would give the ultimate sacrifice on Cavalry.
But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” -John 16:7 (NIV)
Can you imagine the confusion and sorrow the disciples were experiencing when Jesus said this to them? I think I’d be kicking and screaming. HUNDREDS of questions. Where are you going? Why are you leaving?
Jesus, who knew no sin, had to go through what He went through in order for all of us to have reconciliation with God.
In that moment, though, I’d imagine the disciples were anxious, desperate for answers, and not wanting to let go.
The scary thing about letting go is what’s to follow, is unknown.
However, they had to learn to let go in order for God’s will to take place.
I believe there are some beautiful takeaways about letting go and letting God that we can learn from this incident.
Sometimes, God needs to take away in order for us to live out what He intends.
In John 16, Jesus says that He must go, but that the Advocate, also known as the Holy Spirit, will come and serve as a guide for the disciples. In this case, Jesus had to pay the price, so that all of us could experience life.
I’ve come to learn that in my own personal life, when He takes away, He doesn’t leave us empty-handed. He gives us the grace, the support, the comfort, the peace, whatever we need, to navigate the current season.
Surely, letting go and submitting to God’s will is challenging, but when God takes away, He does it for our good.
How does this pan out? I’m still figuring that one out in my own life.
Sometimes, we won’t get all the answers we want, but we can trust that His sovereignty still reigns.
We can’t try to alter or manipulate God’s will, but release total control.
It’s interesting how we try to take things into our own hands when it comes to the matters of our lives, thinking that we know better than God. I’ve been there, alright! Maybe, more than once, too…
Here’s where the difference between our capabilities and God’s capabilities differ.
We process information and see life in a completely different manner than God. By attempting to alter or manipulate His will, in a way, it’s saying that we know better and that God’s will couldn’t be up to par with what we have in mind.
Trusting in Him requires releasing not some control, but all control.
In the act of letting go, we can have complete peace.
When we’re forced to let go of something, the feeling is a grievance. It’s like a loss to our own life. I love how John 16 concludes with the ultimate assurance of all.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” -John 16:33
Jesus doesn’t guarantee that we’ll go through life without struggle. No, in fact, He says that we will have trouble, but to not be afraid.
We don’t have to go through our pain and our sorrow alone, but He is there with us in the midst of our sorrow.
Letting go and letting God can hurt at first. However, letting go and letting God positions us to experience and live out His will for our lives, in which He will be glorified.