It occurs to me that the well-known phrase – “let go and let God” has it’s drawbacks. Mainly because we rarely take it seriously. When pressed into a life corner, we tell ourselves that we must “let go and let God”, but in reality our minds whirl with every possible solution to our situation. Letting go, trusting PAPA and resting while He works it out is not an option. At least for most human beings – even those of us who enjoy a deeply committed relationship with the Lord.
This post occurred to me when I recently looked up a word of which I was unsure of the meaning.
The word is immaterial; but the definition gave rise to some thoughts committed Christian women need to consider. Here’s the definition:
As a woman whose primary motivational gift of the Spirit is prophecy, I can so identify with the definition. For years I got a glimpse of what PAPA was doing and went racing out on my own well before His thought faded from mind! I was sure I knew – and understood, what He was saying and thought I could handle the job “all by myself“. The outcome? Well, I was almost always wrong and found myself in deeper guacamole than I would have if I had stuck around to hear Him out – fully, totally and completely!
(By the way, us prophetic folks are so good at this!).
The bottom line? I was uncontrollable and unable to let Him restrain me until I fully comprehended the tasks at hand. And sometimes – most often, the tasks were to simply sit quietly and let Him work it out. But I thought I had to have my hands in it; knew what I was to do and went ‘hell-bent‘ on my way – making a mess that others had to clean up. At least, messes that PAPA had to clean up! And always, I hung my head in despair because I realized I had done it again. . .
Walked out ahead of PAPA (actually ran out ahead) only to learn too late that I was to simply sit – and listen!
When we come to know the Lord – in our hearts and souls as well as our minds; we don’t leave our humanity behind. In fact, it tags along and wrestles with our spiritual selves as Paul states when he says “flesh wars with spirit”. In other words, our humanity gets in the way when PAPA is teaching us and working out Jesus Christ-like maturity in us. And that takes not only maturity; but the willingness to be “controlled“. To be re-pressed into the mold that develops us into the image and likeness of the Father through the Son.
But if we’re uncontrollable; then He can’t finish the job! He can’t make us into His image and likeness as we are designed and destined to become. All He can do is yank us back when we decide we can do this job all by ourselves. We may not say the words, but our actions are “Thanks Lord, but I got this!” And the outcome is less than pretty.
But the real tragedy in this approach to life is that we have to go through the training exercise again – and again, and again. We will go through it – albeit in different scenarios, until we wake up and smell the stench of our humanity edging out PAPA’s control over our lives. Our lives, our growth, our maturity – our becoming an image and likeness of the Son as the Father deems we should!
Some of us are better at it than others. Being uncontrollable that is. Until I realized that it was the natural prophetic tendency in me that took over when I thought I knew what I was to do; I was not “letting go and letting God!” I could say those words with a smile, nod of the head and with all the conviction in the world – but they were meaningless because I wasn’t doing them.
The next time you’re inclined to tell yourself – or someone else, to “let go and let God“. . . don’t! At least not until you’ve stopped and examined yourself. Examined thoroughly to determine if you have truly let go and are seeking to let PAPA be in charge of every aspect of your life.
If you can answer “yes, I truly have” – – – then go for it!
But if you can’t answer “I have” with the full knowledge it’s functioning truth in every aspect of your life; then close thy mouth.
For to let PAPA be in charge; we can’t be uncontrollable in any aspect of our being – and certainly not in any area of life!
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