RENEWAL Devotional: Learning to Let Go
We’ve probably all heard the saying, “Let go and let God.” This can be very difficult for those of us who try to control everything in our lives. Learning to let go and allow your day to unfold will lead to more peace of mind. The first time I was told, “You gain control when you let go,” I was confused. It simply made no sense to me at the time, because I didn’t understand how much anxiety was generated when we think we can control everything. Another side effect of trying to be in control is that you will actually be led around by whatever is happening. By being anxious and chasing down one crisis after another, you end up being controlled by the situation rather than the other way around. It is in this way, that letting go allows you to gain control over how you respond to whatever comes your way.
The following scripture explains that we are never separated from God, and, through God, we will know peace.
The Lord is at hand, do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:5-7