[5] Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
        and do not lean on your own understanding.
    [6] In all your ways acknowledge him,
        and he will make straight your paths.
(Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV)


Babylonbee.com has quickly become one of my favorite sites. One of the satirical headlines read, "Mountain Climber Recovering After Decision To Let Go And Let God.” The article told of the fictional climber: "Releasing his safety line and relinquishing his grip on the handholds, Jespers immediately dropped like a stone down the steep precipice."

Sadly, I see the exact thing happening among many believers. A decision to let go and let God often leads to less obedience, trust, and action.

At Northside Church, we talk often of the Lord’s use of difficult circumstances in our lives. In His wisdom, we’re often led not around, but through challenge in order that God may be glorified in our making much of Him in our struggle. In our weakness, we see the strength of the Lord shine even brighter. Ultimately, it’s those who embrace the often challenging mission of God who experience more of Him.

Let go and let God is useless if we use the statement as a excuse to do nothing and shirk the responsibility of faithfulness. Giving our circumstances over to the Lord can give us freedom from worry, doubt, and instability. However, “letting God” must mean that we press into the primary means by which we experience His goodness and grace. Here are three ways you can effectively let go and let God.

First, let go and let God speak to you in His word. God wrote a book, and we have the treasure of over a thousand pages of wisdom, strength, and hope. I love Desiring God’s video highlighting the beauty of God’s Word. Get consistent, think and pray about what you read, and sit steady in the words of our Lord.

Second, let go and let God use the biblical community around you. We can and do have an individual relationship with God that is personal. However, God also uses the people around us to sharpen and shape us to the image of Christ. It wasn’t good that Adam was alone. David needed Nathan. Barnabas was a tremendous encouragement to Timothy. People have to know you, and you have to know others in the church family. Seek wisdom BEFORE you make decisions, and press into those who display a godly lifestyle. 

Third, let go and let God do something through you. The grace of Christ was never meant to lead us to inaction. Rather, as a response to God’s love in the gospel, we’re moved to obedience to God’s commands. Whether it be faithfulness in sharing your faith, power against the evil of pornography, or defense against long-standing bitterness, a grace-driven resolve to action can power through our sinful urges. Trust God enough that He and His ways are good.
People often forget what comes right after Proverbs 3:5-6. 


    [7] Be not wise in your own eyes;
        fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
    [8] It will be healing to your flesh
        and refreshment to your bones.
(Proverbs 3:7-8 ESV)

Turn away from evil, and run toward a good, gracious, and loving Father who wants the very best for you.