Letting Go and Letting God – Part 2
Written by Felicia McKnight
Scripture Passage: Exodus 2:1-10 (Amplified)
“I have held many things in my hand, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.” (Martin Luther)
Last week in Letting Go and Letting God – Part 1 we met a mother by the name of Jochebed who was put in the position to release something very precious to her, her baby boy. She was ordered by Pharaoh to place her precious child into the Nile River. Jochebed attempted to take matters into her own hand by hiding her baby for three months before she was finally put in the position where she had to let go. When Jochebed let go, she did so with one final act of faith. She protected her baby by placing him in a protective boat and sent him down the Nile River in it. As she released her precious son into the Nile River Miriam, the baby’s sister, decided to stay to watch what would happen to her little brother. “And his sister [Miriam] stood some distance away to learn what would be done to him.” (Exodus 2:4 Amplified)
We all have had things in our life which burdened us and weighed us down with worry and anxiety. We have all been in situations where we’ve held on to something so tightly rather than letting go and letting God. Last week’s devotional focused on the process of letting go and I closed with the following questions: What do you need to let go of today? What has you worrying all of the time? What has you tossing and turning in your sleep? What has you constantly in tears and searching for peace? What has you lost and confused? What battle are you trying to fight on your own?
Whatever your answer is to those questions is your “it”. Your “it” is what God wants you to let go of and release into His hands. If you read last week’s devotional and you have an “it”, then my prayer is that you have taken a step of faith and released your “it” by now. When you let go and place matters into God’s hands you open the gateway for God to perform miracles in your life and to release His will and plan into your life. Before you can receive the blessings God has for you, you have to be willing to let go of your “it”, be patient for a season, and let God be God.
Part 2 – Letting God
Today we will look at three key principals we can stand on in faith as we let go and let God.
#1 Watch God Turn “It” Around
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV)
Once you have taken the step of faith by letting go and placing your matters into God’s hands you can now position yourself to wait for a season and watch God turn your matters around according to His will and His ways.
“Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, and her maidens walked along the bank; she saw the ark among the rushes and sent her maid to fetch it. When she opened it, she saw the child; and behold, the baby cried. And she took pity on him and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children!” (Exodus 2:5-6 Amplified)
Jochebed is probably somewhere still sobbing in the hurt and pain of the loss of her son and wondering what has happened during her little son’s journey. While Jochebed is in her position of release God is behind the scenes working out her miracles. Pharaoh’s daughter has now come into the picture to bathe in the Nile River. As she is preparing to bathe she notices a little boat coming down the river and has her maidservants pick it up to see what it was. She opens it and sees a little baby crying. It’s Jochebed’s baby. Miracle #1, he survived! Pharaoh’s daughter rescued the baby. She realized he was a Hebrew baby and Miracle #2, she had compassion upon him. In Exodus 1:22 her father gave the command to kill the Hebrew baby boys. She could have easily taken the baby to her father to be killed according to his orders in Exodus 1:22 yet God positioned her heart to be a compassionate heart. God can change your circumstances by changing the heart of the enemy. God can change your circumstances by placing the right people in the right place at the right time.
#2 God Will Do More Than You Asked or Imagined When He Returns “It” Back to You
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” (Ephesians 3:20 NIV)
No matter what your circumstances look like or who seems to be against you God has a way of working things out in ways we could not imagine. Miriam, the baby’s sister, is still witnessing the turn of events. She sees her little brother rescued from the Nile River. She sees Pharaoh’s daughter have compassion on her little brother. Not only did Miriam serve as a watchman to Jochebed and the baby, but she played a major role in the turn of events. In verse 7 she asks Pharaoh’s daughter if she wants her to go find a Hebrew woman to nurse the baby for her. During this time there was no Enfamil or a Wal-Mart to purchase formula to feed newborns. There was only natural breast milk. Since Pharaoh’s daughter was not recently pregnant and since she did not have any milk of her own she had to have a new mother to feed the baby in order for him to survive. Pharaoh’s daughter authorizes Miriam to go get a Hebrew Woman to nurse the baby. Miracle #3, Miriam goes and gets Jochebed and she is reunited with her son. “Then Pharaoh’s daughter said to her (Jochebed), Take this child away and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages. So the woman (Jochebed) took the child and nursed it.” (Exodus 2:9 Amplified)
Jochebed by faith let go and let God. She released her baby into God’s hands. God returned her baby back to her in a way that was exceedingly, abundantly above all Jochebed could have asked for or hoped for. We don’t know Jochebed’s living arrangements or financial circumstances, but I would like to imagine that these turn of events were a step up from her current situation. Jochebed is now reunited with her baby which is an answered prayer. In addition to that she gets to nurse her baby in the King’s palace. And in addition to that she is now getting paid to nurse her own child.
#3 God Always Had A Plan For Your “It”
You don’t know how God is going to work situations out in your life. However, you can trust by faith that whatever is on the other side of letting go is far greater and better than it was before.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11 KJV)
Peace, Not Evil
Jochebed’s step of faith was so great that she made it to the hall of faith in Hebrews 11. “By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.” (Hebrews 11:23) Perhaps Moses’s parents saw through the lens of faith early on that God had a greater plan for their child that surpassed death as an infant. In Exodus 2:2 different bible translations have different adjectives for what they saw in the baby: he was exceedingly beautiful (Amplified); there was something special about him (Message), He was a special baby (New Living Translation).
When you look at your “it” what do you see with your spiritual eyes? Can you see God’s word and His promises over your “It”? If you are unemployed can you see provision? Can you see that God said He will supply all of your needs (Philippians 4:19)? If you are single, divorced, separated, can you see that you have a companion? Can you see God Immanuel the God that is with you who will never leave you or forsake you (Isaiah 4:17; Deuteronomy 31:6)? Can you see that God is close to the broken hearted and will save those who are crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18)? If you are feeling unloved can you see God’s love? Can you see that God loved you so much that He gave His only son for you (John 3:16)? If you’ve lived a life not pleasing to God can you see God’s forgiveness? Can you see that He sent His only son on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins and that there is now no condemnation (1 John 1:9; Romans 8:1)? Can you see that your “it” is not ordinary? It has a promise attached to it. Keep looking. It’s there and God has a plan for “it”. God just wants you to trust Him with whatever your “it” is. Don’t be afraid of the King’s edict meaning don’t be discouraged when things are not looking hopeful. God’s plan is not of evil, but He has an expected end. There is an outcome for your “it”.
In verse 10 the baby now has a name, Moses. From the time the parents held baby Moses in their hand and seen there was something special about him to the time they sent him down the river in a paper boat God had a plan. God knew the outcome of Moses life. In this story the plan of evil was Pharaoh’s plan, but not God’s plan. God’s expected end for this baby’s life was to rescue the Israelites out of slavery and to bring them into God’s Promised Land. Moses was the one God chose to accomplish God’s plan in the lives of many individuals including his mother, Jochebed. There was no way God was going to allow baby Moses to drown in the Nile River because he had a plan for His life.
When we look at our circumstances we tend to have a negative perspective when things are not looking good or they don’t look like we expect them to be. We can’t worry or waste our energy trying to figure things out or figure God out. Only God knows the outcome. God’s vision for the outcome is so much greater than our own.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)
By faith Jochebed let go and let God handle her adversity. She never imagined when she protected her baby that her act of faith was protecting the life of a child who would later be the leader of a nation. Sometimes God will return your “it” back to you in a new and improved format. Sometimes God will return a completely different “it” to you. You won’t know what the return is until you release and let go. Whatever your “it” is God has greater plans for your life. God will put dreams in your heart early on, but it’s His duty to cause the dreams to come to pass in our life. He knows how matters will play out. When adversity comes against us and threatens our hopes we have to put it in God’s hands, trust Him, and let God work it out. We have to trust that God will do exceedingly, abundantly; above all we can ask Him for or imagine.
“God wants you to live in a place where you let God put ‘it’ in your hand and not where you manipulate ‘it’. In the Kingdom you hold on tight by letting go. The more you grasp ‘it’ the less you’ll have ‘it’, but if you open your hand ‘it’ will come to you freely. Real power is in letting go, allowing, and trusting God.” (Mark Chironna)
Be Blessed, Be Encouraged!
Song: That’s When You Blessed Me by L.A. Mass Choir
Heavenly Father, we thank you that no matter what we are going through you have a purpose and a plan for our life which includes thoughts of peace, not of evil, and an expected end. Lord, today we choose to walk by faith and not by sight. We surrender to you on today and place the matters of our heart into your hands. As we release we do so by faith trusting and believing that whatever is on the other side of release will be far greater than we could ever hope for or imagine. In Jesus name. Amen