Trust God and Let Go

I never saw my mother drink alcohol and I asked her once why she didn’t drink. She said she had tasted wine and she liked it, so that’s exactly why she didn’t drink. I was a kid at the time and really didn’t understand. She went on to explain that she realized how detrimental it was to be an alcoholic, so since she liked the taste of wine, she saw that if she gave in to what she liked, she could end up in a situation that would definitely dishonor God, destroy her life and health, and disjoint her family.

Don’t we face similar temptations? We greedily hold on to what we want—what we have a taste for—whether we should embrace it or not. We get comfortable with anger, unforgiveness, jealousy, revenge, and pride. It’s even tougher to get us to let go of that shady side of our character or that secret sin we think no one knows about.

In our hearts, though, and sometimes even with friends, we divulge the negative and sinful issues we’re carrying. Owning up to our leanings is good and positive, but then it’s time to do something about them. Giving in to drinking alcohol to the extent she liked would have led my mother down a path away from God’s best. Giving into our leanings will do the same thing.

Be like my mom: refuse to allow what you like to define a destructive course for your life. Momma—like all the rest of us who really want God to use us—had to let go of what she liked and what she wanted in deference to the possibility of that thing sending deep roots into her life that would later be too hard to pull out.

At first, letting go is really painful. Our hands cramp around what we want to keep hold onto. We’ll have to trust God when we let go. I’m telling you from a person who has made it to the other side of some things, there are Godly wonders in store once we let go of what we want and trust Him to give us what He wants us to have.

The prophet Samuel says, “As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him” Second Samuel 22:31 (NKJ). The Psalmist expands on that thought in the 18th division. “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust… I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies… And the floods of ungodliness made me afraid… [but] In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried out to my God. He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry came before Him, even to His ears” Psalm 18:2-6 (NKJ).

God is trustworthy. Put your hope and confidence in Him and let go.

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©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.

~ by sanewriter on November 24, 2011.

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