Letting Go and Letting God
Written by Felicia McKnight
Scripture Passage: Exodus 2:1-10 (Amplified)
It’s a New Year and most of us tend to go into the New Year with new goals and hopes for new beginnings. With the expectations of new beginnings we also struggle with letting go of the old to bring in the new. We tend to hold on to things we should have let go of a long time ago when we knew there was no longer hope to keep holding on. We all have or have had something in our life that weighed us down in worry, anxiety, and confusion: a dream that never seems like it’s going to come to pass, problems we can’t solve on our own, and dead relationships just to name a few. In each case they are all circumstances that are beyond our human ability to resolve. It is human nature that when we can’t make things happen on our own and in our timing we tend to manipulate the situation to get the results we want. Manipulation can make matters worse and ultimately brings us back to that place where we should have left it alone in the first place. This week and next week we are going to look at a biblical example of letting go and letting God, so that we can all release the dead things in our life and make room for something refreshing.
Part 1 – Letting Go
In Exodus Chapter 2 we find a woman in a situation where she was holding on so tight that she was forced to let go and let God. Jochebed gave birth to a son, however there was a problem with this son’s birth. There was an order from the Egyptian King, Pharaoh, to kill all Hebrew boys by throwing them into the Nile River. (Exodus 1:22) As any mother would do she wanted to protect her child rather than throwing him into the Nile River to die.
When I think about this baby boy he is symbolic of the dreams and the desires that we each have. God places them in our heart. Sometimes we see them begin to come to pass only for conflict to arise. You may start a business, but the profit is not what you anticipated. You may get into a marriage and it’s not exactly what you prayed for or circumstances arise that brings stress in the marriage. You may be single with the hope to get married only for it to seem to take forever. You may want to excel in your career, but you are in a place of feeling stuck. Our hopes and dreams are precious and valuable to us. When we want something bad enough our fleshly nature often allows manipulation to set in. We do everything we can in our natural ability to make things happen in our way and in our time. We tend to find ways to control the conflict or the threat against them. That’s exactly what this mother did. “When she saw that he was [exceedingly] beautiful, she hid him three months.” (Exodus 2:2)
God doesn’t want us stressed, worried, burdened, and trying to figure out how things will turn out. He wants us to release all these things to Him and to place the matters into His hands.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29 NIV)
“Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” (1 Peter 5:7 Amplified)
Jochebed got to the point where she could no longer manipulate her situation. She had to release her matters into God’s hand. “And when she could no longer hide him…” (Exodus 2:3) She couldn’t hide the child any longer from the threats of the enemy. The scripture passage doesn’t state what forced her to finally let go. The Matthew Henry Commentary suggests that there were individuals looking for concealed children, so perhaps they were coming up on Jochebed’s house and she was going to find herself forced to release her baby whether she wanted to or not. We get to a point in our lives where we can no longer try to take matters into our own hands. Usually what puts us to the point of letting go is when we’ve done everything in our human ability to fix it and nothing seems to work. It’s that point where things get worse instead of getting better and all hope seems lost. It’s when it seems like you’re at a dead end and in a dead situation. It’s when you feel like no matter what you are just not going to get the outcome that you were trying to achieve on your own. That’s when you become like Jochebed. You can no longer manipulate and hold on tightly, but you are forced to let go. You have to lay your matters aside by placing them in God’s hands and learn to live in complete and total dependence on God. Jochebed did what she should have done in the first place by obeying Pharaoh’s orders. She put the baby in the Nile River just as he commanded in Exodus 1:22. When Jochebed let go she did so with one little twist. She didn’t give up without one last fight.
“She took for him an ark or basket made of bulrushes or papyrus [making it watertight by] daubing it with bitumen and pitch. Then she put the child in it and laid it among the rushes by the brink of the river [Nile].” (Exodus 2:3)
The order was to place the baby in the Nile to die. To me that simply means you put the little baby’s body in the water and painfully wait for them to drown and die. However, when Jochebed released her baby she protected him. She made a little protective boat of papyrus. There was still one final gleam of hope that if she covered and protected her baby he would not die, but live.
We can learn something from Jochebed’s act of faith. Papyrus is a material that you can write on. What do you write with? You write with words. The lesson we can learn from Jochebed is that when we surrender and release our matters to God we have the word of God to cover it. Whatever it is you are concerned about there is a promise of God to cover it and send it forth.
In Exodus 2:4 the baby’s sister, Miriam, stood along the river bank to watch what would happen to the baby. “And his sister [Miriam] stood some distance away to learn what would be done to him.” (Exodus 2:4 Aplified) Letting go and surrendering can be difficult, challenging, and painful. We all need a support system by our side. Someone who can be there to encourage us, pray with us, and stand with us by faith as we release matters into God’s hands. In this story Jochebed has probably gone her own separate way. She is probably hurting, concerned, and dealing with the possibilities that her little son won’t be alive much longer. She only sees things from her perspective which is the perspective of loss. However, Miriam got to see what was going on behind the scenes. Miriam saw things with a perspective of hope. She waited and watched to see what would happen. We all need a Miriam who can see things from the spiritual perspective that the person letting go may not see. We need a person of prayer, of hope, of faith, and of strength to keep us lifted as we wait on God to move in our life. Miriam is your watchman.
“I have set watchmen upon your walls, O Jerusalem, who will never hold their peace day or night; you who [are His servants and by your prayers] put the Lord in remembrance [of His promises], keep not silence, And give Him no rest until He establishes Jerusalem and makes her a praise in the earth. (Isaiah 62:6-7 Amplified)
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 what God is speaking specifically to you about right now as you read this. That is your “it” and today God wants you to put “it” in His hands.
How do you let go?
- Go to God and sincerely give your matters to Him in prayer.
- Exchange your burden for His peace.
- Remain connected to God in devotion and prayer.
- Stand on God’s promises for your life.
- Stay connected with someone who can pray with you and encourage you.
- Enjoy the weight loss of getting rid of your burdens.
- Begin to enjoy a loving relationship with God.
- Allow your yoke with God to lead you into experiencing all of the new and wonderful things He wants to bring into your life.
“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29 NLT)
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.” (Psalm 34:18-19 NIV)
My prayer has been for those of you are a feeling heavy and burden that the Lord has been ministering to your heart as you read this. I pray that you have been redirected into a place of releasing what you need to release to God. If God has been speaking to you about letting go of some things, then I pray that you will be obedient to His promptings and do exactly what it is that He has been asking you to do. This series title is “Letting Go and Letting God.” Before you can let God work miracles in your life you must accomplish Step 1 in an act of faith and obedience. You need to let go, so that He can be God in your life and in your circumstances.
I encourage you to click here and allow the song “Let Go” by Dwayne Woods to minister to you and usher you into your spiritual release.
This week we focused on letting go. Next week we will focus on letting God. Until then be blessed, be encouraged, and be set free!
Heavenly Father, we come to you today casting our cares and burdens to you. There are some things that we have been holding on to tightly and today it’s finally time to let go and allow you to be Lord in the situation. Father we cast our burdens and worries to you. In exchange we receive your peace and your freedom. We trust by faith that you will work all things out for our good. We trust that this release will bring forth the change needed within ourselves and that it will prepare us for the next journey you are taking us to. We wait in anticipation to experience the fullness of all that you have in store for our lives. We trust that whatever you have prepared for our destiny is far beyond what we could have ever hoped for or imagined. In Jesus name. Amen.