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Let Go and Let God

Let Go and Let God

    [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.

New service times this Sunday

New service times this Sunday

This Sunday, June 5th, is the day for the service schedule change. We'll have one service at 9am in the small chapel and the second service will be at 10:30am in the main building. With the beginning of a new series and the move to a more convenient service schedule, this is a prime Sunday to invite neighbors, friends, and coworkers. 

By having two service times, we can accommodate more people who prefer a later or earlier service time. Also, we encourage Northsiders to choose one hour for worship and another hour for service. The Schadt family will attend the 9am service and our kids will get to attend worship. At the 10:30am hour, our kids will go to KidSide and my wife April will have the opportunity to serve. If this works for your family, we encourage you to do the same.

The message will be the same for both services, but here's how they differ: 


  • Meets in the small chapel at the back of Northside's campus
  • Smaller worship setting
  • Childcare for newborn though preschool
  • Music is accoustic-guitar based


  • Meets in the main building / gymnasium
  • Larger worship setting
  • KidSide worship experience for newborn through 5th grade
  • Music is by our full worship band

By having two services, Northsiders can choose to attend one service and find and an area of service at the other.

See you (earlier) Sunday morning. We'll still have plenty of Good Folks Coffee on hand.