Read this poem by Faith Mitchner. Imagine this is you speaking:
Just as my child brings his broken toys
for me to mend,
I took my broken dreams to God
because He was my friend.
But then…instead of leaving Him
to work alone,
I hung around and tried to help
with ways that were my own.
At last I snatched them back
“How could You be so slow?”
“What could I do, My child?” He said.
“You never did let go.”
We want to badly to give it all to God and be instantly fixed. Be truthful, you know you do. I do. But as we both know, it’s not that easy. That’s because, even after we’ve “given” our burdens to Him, we are still living in the bad circumstance. Micca Campbell asked the Lord in Chapter 3, What was the point of giving my burden to God in the first place if He wasn’t going to make it all go away?
She also replies with the answer: The point is when you and I cast our cares on God, we are recognizing that it’s His responsibility to care for us—not ours. At first, the weight is lifted, but oftentimes God doesn’t respond to our need as we think He should. Then we are quick to retrieve the burden. We forget that God is painting on a large canvas. He sees the big picture. We only see what’s happening to us at the moment. God may allow events to come into our lives—good things and bad things, things that make sense and things that don’t. Every one of these incidents serves as part of His plan for our lives.
It’s our job to trust Him, have faith in Him. Cast our cares on Him, and He will care for us. (1 Peter 5:7) Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything, and we will experience peace. (Philippians 4:6-8) Yep, that’s our job. Cast and don’t worry. Pray. (If someone presses the “That was Easy” button on that one, I’ll smack ya! It’s not easy!)
There’s a question I must ask here. Do we only trust God if He removes the burden or trial? Because He might not. He may not choose to remove the burden, but He will carry the load. (p. 49) And in order for Him to carry the load, we have to let go.
When we do finally choose to let go of our burdens, trials, fears, doubts….and put them in God’s hands, a really cool thing happens. We learn that God is enough. Our faith begins to grow. Our faith begins to grow because we learn that God is enough…not you, not me, but God. And it will keep growing into a strong unshakable faith as long as we continue to trust Him.. As Micca wisely points out in Chapter 3, the way for you and me to have strong faith is to get to know God…Faith comes by knowing God. The more I know Him, the more my faith grows and the easier it is to trust the Lord with my cares.
I have another question for you now. How well do you know God? You might be surprised with the correct answer, because there isn’t one correct answer. That’s the beauty of our Creator. Whether you just met Him today or you’ve known Him your entire life, He’s still there to take care of you. God doesn’t have favorites. What’s available to you are the same promises available to Billy Graham, the Pope, your pastor, you, and me. It doesn’t matter how well you know God, just that you know Him. From whatever point you are currently at, it’s a great place to start. From here on out, you just keep getting to know Him. Open your Bible with a study like this one. Underline your favorite verses. Memorize a few. Practice trusting God by replacing the lies with Truth. And never compare your Bible knowledge or your faith with someone else’s! Enjoy where you are. Get to know the Lord where you are. He will meet you gladly wherever you are. Talk to Him like He’s right there in the room with you…because He is!
Read the following verses and meditate on them a bit:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17
The last question I want to ask you is Do you know Jesus?
I have a funny story to tell you. When I was 11 years old, I accepted Christ through a religious television show. I prayed the prayer and asked Jesus into my life. The very next day, I questioned if He really came. Did He accept my invitation? Life certainly wasn’t any better. He didn’t solve my problems the way the lady with a lot of mascara and tears in her eyes said He would. Maybe He RSVPd “No” to me. Over the next 10 years, I bet I invited Jesus into my life 25 times. Then I’d be a bad girl or mess up and figure I wasn’t good enough and He probably left. Wow, was I ever deceived! And one of the reasons I was so deceived is that I never took the time to get to know Him. I just did what the lady on TV told me to do. I did what the preacher told me to do. I prayed that prayer. But after that, I just sat and did nothing. Oh, I believe with all my heart He was there. Ladies, Jesus doesn’t RSVP “No” when we invite Him to the party of our life, but after the invitation, we need to take action by spending time with Him so we can begin to grasp exactly Who He is and all that He is capable of. Then we can begin to experience the power of His presence, the power of His peace, and the power of His ability to conquer our fears. I’ll ask you again, “Do you know Jesus?”
I’m going to extend this week’s challenge. You were challenged on Sunday to thank God for 3 things. Then to give God 3 burdens. Now I want to challenge you to leave them there. Let go. Let go and Let God.
*If you accepted Christ today as a result of this message, please let me know so I can be praying for you. Our team would be honored to walk beside you on your faith journey. If you recommitted your life to Christ, let us know that too. And if you have any questions or need to talk about it, please call our Proverbs 31 Office and talk to me. 877-731-4663. Or you can email Online Bible Studies at MelissaTaylorQuestions@gmail.com. Someone from our team will respond to you.
And for you ladies who have that strong faith, tell us why you have it! The rest of us need your encouragement
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Let go and Let God.