What does it mean to let go and let God? Here are 6 things you should let go of and let God and what it means, how to do it and where it is in the Bible…although it’s not what it seems.
What does it mean to Let Go and Let God?
Here are 6 areas of life where we should all aim to “let go and let God” and what it means.
Let Go of Control and Let God be in Control
Let God be in control of you, your life, your family’s life, and those around you. If you find yourself striving to fix everything around you, you may need to submit to his control.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Let Go of Fear and Let God protect you
Does fear overcome you about the future or maybe keep you up at night? God is your protector.
Psalm 118:6 The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?Psalm 115:11 You who fear him, trust in the LORD— he is their help and shield. Psalm 34:4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
Let Go of Worry and Let God take care of you
Do you worry about your children, your past, your finances? As soon as one thing is resolved, does it feel like there’s always something else to worry about? Let God take care of you.
Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Let Go of Earthly Obsessions and Let God fill you with contentment
This one is hard. We know we should be content but often find ourselves shopping online or wishing for the next iPhone.
Matthew 6:19-21 Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
1 Timothy 6:6-8 Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.
Let Go of Hatred and Let God replace it with love
Most of us wouldn’t say we “hate” someone. But we do fill our minds, time, and energy up with other people who wrong us. In these cases, most of us wouldn’t go so far as to say we love those who wrong us. But this is exactly what God wants us to give up to Him.
Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.
Matthew 5:44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you
1 John 2:11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
Let Go of Anxiety and Let God bring you Peace
Anxiety can come to us when we least expect it. We may not think we are intentionally holding onto our anxiety but have you prayed for God to give you His peace? Praying through scripture is a wonderful way to pray when you’re unsure of your words.
Psalm 94:19 When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.
Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
What does it NOT mean to Let Go and Let God?
Letting go may sound like you aren’t doing anything. However, you’re acknowledging that we have a God that is capable of more than we can ever imagine.
You are also not giving up. In the next section, you’ll see continual companionship with God is of utmost importance. Prayer is key.
How do you surrender to God and let go?
Spend time with God
The more you get to know God through his Word, talking to him and listening to Him speak to you, the more you’ll know when He’s telling you to act and when he’s telling you to be still so he can act.
Spend Time with His People
Community support, whether it’s through a church or a small group, is one of the greatest ways for you to gain perceptive on God’s work in your life.
Having other believers who know you personally speak truth into your life will also help you know when it’s appropriate for you to turn your situation over to God and when you need to step back.
Give thanks daily to God for everything He has gifted you. When you’ve given a certain area of your life over to Him, you may feel frustrated at first if you aren’t seeing any movement. Remember, God’s timeline, isn’t’ our timeline.
While you work through your patience, practice gratitude daily for everything you’re thankful for. A simple way to do this is to write ten things your thankful for every morning and evening. This sounds simple but can be challenging to do every single day.
Stay encouraged throughout your days by being careful with what comes into your heart. What are you listening to, watching, reading?
Where is Let Go and Let God in the Bible
The Bible doesn’t actually say “Let Go and Let God.” It may have come about as a way to help people “give up to God.” But that doesn’t mean it’s not a helpful saying.
There are some very valid reasons why we would want to follow this advice. See the 6 areas of your life where you should let go and let God above.
But maybe it came from this
More closely related to “Let Go and Let God” is “Be Still” which is in the Bible. In these instances Psalm 46:10 and Exodus 14:14 and some other Old Testament verses, we are commanded to be still before the Lord and recognize His mighty power in our lives.
Here’s a popular worship song you might enjoy based on letting go and giving it up to God.