When should we “let go and let God” deal with the challenges of our life, and when is it time to “suck it up” and face the challenges of life on our own?
Obedience allows us to enjoy the reality of His care and His will. A true awareness of Christ’s promise to lead us, allows us to relax in His care. No challenge can arise that has not first been met head-on by Him. But do we really believe it? Do we actually live it? Or do we live our life as if [we are] prisoners to its circumstances?
“Casting ALL your care upon Him; for He careth for you.” - 1 Peter 5:7
I am always impressed when theologians give us deeper insight into the meaning of a verse based upon precise words used in the original text. Although I am not a theologian, allow me to attempt to make this one simple observation: ALL means ALL, and that’s ALL - ALL means. Casting ALL your care upon Him.
This is not to say that sadness, disappointment and fear are strangers to the Christian. The challenges of life are experienced by every living person. Christians, however, do not experience them alone!
Our faith is not in the “feeling” of His presence, our faith is in the FACT of His presence! When we “feel” alone, it is precisely at that moment we claim His promise; He has never been closer!
“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;” - 2 Cor. 4:8-9
“Be careful for nothing [In nothing be anxious—ASV]; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” - Phi. 4:6-7
"The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." - Isaiah 40:28-31
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ." - 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
"...in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 8:37-39
"Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." - Hebrews 4:14-16
"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen." - Ephesians 3:20-21
So, go ahead; “let go, and let God.”