When Letting Go Becomes the Easier Option
The phrase “Let go and let God” is common among Christians, or at least in my youth group. For most of them, they have experienced letting go of something they once have been desirous of, allowing God to work in their midst. And eventually, in His perfect time, God had blessed them with something that surpasses the very thing they had let go.
Letting go is actually a beautiful thing. I believe it’s biblical. I’m reminded of the story of Abraham, when God asked him to sacrifice his only son to Sarah, Isaac, whom he loved. And because he did not withhold his son, because he was willing to let him go, he was blessed with so much (see Genesis 22 for the whole story).
A Recent Realization
For many of us, we’ve been praying for something. It could be a material blessing. Or an admission to a premiere university. Or an employment to a desired company. Or a job promotion. Or a ministry. Or a future spouse. Or a restoration of a relationship. Or the salvation of a loved one. Or deliverance from sickness. Or the fulfillment of an ambition. So on and so forth.
However, we find our prayers not being answered by God. And almost undiscerningly, we say to ourselves, “I think I must let go of it.” It sounds noble and sacrificial of us. And it seems the right thing to do.
But is it really the right thing to do? Have we prayed enough, read the Bible enough, and even asked for godly counsel enough to discern the Lord’s will and make this decision? Or are we just letting go as a form of escape?
For most of us, letting go have become the easier option compared to its counterpart, holding on. I can attest to that. We’d rather enjoy the comfort of letting go than endure the pain of holding on. We’d rather stop praying than persevere on it.
Here’s what I realized: Letting go isn’t always the right thing to do. In fact, it could even be the wrong choice to make, especially when God wants us to hold on.
I’m not saying that letting go is a bad thing. I said a while ago that it is beautiful and even biblical. But I’m calling Christians to discern the Lord’s will, not resorting to letting go as the only option, as if it is the only noble, sacrificial, and right thing to do. I’m encouraging them that they hold on steadfastly, if that is the Lord’s will.
A Few Encouragements
Letting go, given it is the Lord’s will, is hard. The same is true for holding on. Before I end this blog, let me give you a few verses that I find helpful on holding on in prayer:
14Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! (Psalm 27:14)
5Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)
28And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)