The common thought is that if we follow the rules all will go well. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, to let go and trust God is the only way to fulfill our destinies. As human beings, we are wired with the desire to always be in control. We think we can control our destinies by planning carefully and carefully following our plans.
The truth is, our destinies are out of our control. We control our actions but not necessarily the outcomes of those actions. For example, one may choose to eat right and exercise daily, but still. end up with a chronic or life-threatening illness. Is this because that person did something wrong? Absolutely not! On the other hand, someone else who doesn’t eat right or exercise lives to be 100 years with no health impediments. We may say that is unfair, that those who follow the rules should reap the rewards.
God does not function in that manner. It is not about our carefully laid out plans. This article will provide with some insights into what it means to let go and trust God who created us and controls our destinies. There is nothing we as human beings can do to change God’s plan for our lives. We will reap the rewards only when we let go and trust Him.
The following are 7 Ways to Let Go and Trust God Totally:
1. Making Decisions:
We are faced with the task of making decisions from the time we wake up to the time we go to sleep. Some decisions require only a passing thought, while others require deep concentration, courage, and extraordinary strength. When faced with difficult choices, it may be overwhelming to go it alone. It is during these challenging times that we need to really let go and trust God to help us find a solution.
Letting go and trusting God requires enormous strength and courage. In 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV), the bible says, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” Our love for God allows us to trust him with our most important decisions. The spirit of boldness he endows us with allows us to go to him with all our issues and challenges and trust him to help us make the best decision for our situation and his glory.
Difficult choices will seem insignificant when surrendered to the all-powerful God. He provides the necessary tools to cut through the fog of indecision to reveal the light at the end of the tunnel. His hands are stretched out and his ears are ever open to our cries for help. Reach out to him when decision-making threatens to overturn your boat.
2. Facing Fear:
We all face fearful situations from time to time. Psychology Today describes fear as “a vital response to physical and emotional danger”. Fear is usually triggered by a perceived threat. Some individuals experience extreme fears, referred to as phobias, that limit their activities and relationships with others.
The bible assures us in both the Old and New Testaments that we do not need to fear when we trust God. In Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV), the Israelites were assured with these words “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” These words still apply to us today. We will never be discouraged once we trust God.
No matter how dismal the situation may appear, just reach out to the God of our salvation. Remember “do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus,” (Phillipins 4:6-7 NIV). The word of God is forever, take heart and do not be afraid.
3. Embracing Silence:
It is often very tempting to share all we know and sometimes even what we only think we know. However, the bible speaks of the dangers of talking too much. The tongue according to the scriptures, can cause a lot of damage. In an attempt to let go and trust God, we need to spend much time in silence. It is only in these silent moments that we are able to hear God speaking. When we are speaking we are unable to listen.
The bible speaks of speaking hastily without having all the facts. As seen in Proverbs 17:28 (NIV) “even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.” Let go of your desire to speak on impulse and let God lead you to speak what is necessary when he wants you to.
4. Praying and Praising:
The bible instructs to ask God for whatever we want ad we will receive it. However, many of us have stories of things we have asked for and not received. We need to remember that God is not a genie in a bottle who will grant our every wish. He knows what is best for us and will only give us his best. Whenever we pray for something we need to just let go and trust God to grant our wishes as he determines.
In the book of 1Kings 3:5, God told Solomon to “ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon could have asked for wealth or power, but instead, he asked for “a discerning heart” (1Kings 3:9). As a result of this wise and unselfish request, he received much more than he asked for. Likewise, when we pray we need to bear in mind that our requests must first honor God rather than ourselves.
We should not forget to praise God even in our struggles. No matter how dark the situation, there is always a bright spot. God may seem to have forgotten you at this particular moment but he has seen you through many such situations in the past. Reflect on your past victories and praise him, knowing that he does not change. He is not a one-trick magician. Whatever he did yesterday, he can do today, tomorrow, and forever. Let go and trust God to see you through as you flood the gates of heaven with your praises.
5. Formulating Plan B:
Things don’t always go according to plan no matter how detailed the plan is. In such instances we have to think of a plan B. The apostle Paul faced such a situation as we read in the book of Acts 16:7-10. Paul and the others wanted “to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.” Instead, “Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him to ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us’.” God had alternate plans for Paul.
In the same way that God led Paul into his divine will, he will do the same for those who let go of their own desires and trust His divine will. God wants us to be flexible so he can use us to the fullest. If we hold back in the least, we will miss out on God’s best. Our plan A is insignificant when compared to God’s plan B. I admonish you to let go today and trust God completely.
6. Showing Bravery:
Being brave is often equated with aggression. However, as seen in the book of Esther, brave acts can be achieved through gentleness. Esther was asked to risk her life by entering the presence of the King without an invitation, an act worthy of death. Having realized the seriousness of what she was about to do, she decided to let go of her fears and trust God with her life. Esther summoned all the Jews to fast and pray for 3 days and nights while she also did the same. Esther 4:16 states, “When this is done I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”
We need to have the same mindset when faced with danger, threats, uncertainty. We need to sacrifice our all and trust God to see us through. There is no need for force or aggression. God will fight our battles for us, he will always see us through.
7. Facing Tough Challenges:
Challenges are a normal part of our daily existence. However, there are some really tough challenges that force us to wonder if God is still there. When faced with these types of situations we need to comfort ourselves with the word of God. One may not be able to feel or express joy during those moments but you can have peace by placing all those feelings of despair on God’s capable shoulders.
The book of psalms tells us to “taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him” (38:4, NIV). His goodness may not be evident while you are being severely challenged, however, if you take the time to think about it, you will realize that the situation could have been worse. Be thankful in whatever situation you find yourself. God is with you, protecting you, and most of all, sustaining you through it all.
My hope is that these nuggets have encouraged you. Trusting is not always easy for most of us. However, it is important to note that God is not like a man so he will not disappoint us. He has promised to be with us to the end of the age. Let go and trust God!