“Whenever God asks you to give something up, He is never trying to take something away. He is trying to get something better to you.”
I read this quote last night just before bed and fell in love with God’s heart all over again. <3
Sometimes we think we’ve landed our dream job, we think we’ve found “the one” or we think we’ve found the opportunity of a lifetime, only to wake up one day and feel God nudge our hearts to let go of those things. “Wow God…really? Are you serious? But you know how hard I prayed for this. I’ll hold on just a little longer. I’ll change the way I’m doing things so that you can bless this desire of my heart.” Sound familiar?
We do all that we can to negotiate the desire of our heart because we trust our desires more than God’s plans. What we know feels so much better than what we don’t know.
“God, you can have everything else in my life just please don’t take away this relationship…I’ve never loved like this before.”
“You can everything else just please don’t ask me to quit this job…if I launch my own business it might fail because the economy is struggling.”
“God, you can everything else in my life just please don’t ask me to give this person $100…how will I pay my own bills when they are due?”
Why is our faith so negotiable and our fears non-negotiable? Why is our obedience negotiable?
Perhaps it’s because we trust fear more than we trust faith. Fear can be controlled while faith is untamable. Faith is like a tiny spark set to a leaf in a forest; that small spark eventually causes the entire forest to be consumed by fire. Once the flame is ignited there’s no telling how far it will go, what it will reach, and what it will do. Contrary to fear, it (faith) has no boundaries and perhaps that’s what we’re afraid of. We know that if we take one step of faith today, God may ask for two steps tomorrow. He may ask us to do the unthinkable. He may ask us to exceed our boundaries.
Ahhh…but fear is manageable. It allows us to pick our battles and decide when we’re ready to let go of it. Unfortunately, we forget that fear is like velcro and it holds onto us just as much as we hold onto it. Sometimes, even though we’re ready to let go of it…it is not ready to let go of us and it causes us to doubt and second-guess God’s plans for our lives.
When God asks you to give up fear, it’s not to punish you; it’s to help you (Jeremiah 29:11). Yes, the initial step of faith may be challenging. Your first few months of business as an entrepreneur may move slow. The first few months of your break-up may be full of tearful nights. And yes, your bank account will miss those extra zeroes after you give a few zeroes to someone else. However, a few things you will never go without are the peace, favor and presence of God (2 Corinthians 9:8). Like VISA, “God is everywhere your faith wants to be.” When God asks you to give up the thing that means the most to you, He will always replace it with something greater. If God is asking you to give up something that’s really that big, the first question that should come to mind is “why is it so big to me?” If it’s that big and you love it that much perhaps it has become bigger than God. Perhaps it’s so big that it is blinding your view of what God is trying to show you. Perhaps it’s so big that it is causing you to silence God’s voice. Perhaps it is causing you to walk in fear and ignore faith.
The scariest part of giving up something is not knowing when and if it will be replaced. However, rather than focusing on the loss try your best to reprogram your mind to focus on the gains. Challenge yourself to focus on the new thing (Isaiah 43:19) that God is trying to do in your life at that moment, and make the decision to trust faith more than fear.
Reflection: Has God been asking you to give up something or someone recently? Who or what is stopping you from letting go?
- Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know (Jeremiah 33:3).
- When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you (Isaiah. 43:2)
Prayer: I’m ready to let go and grab onto you God. I am counting on you to be with me. Cover me in love and protection as I leave my comfort zone to get closer to you.
Be Encouraged to Let Go… 🙂