Letting Go

Recently, God has been teaching me about letting go and giving up control in areas of my life. This can be tough for the control freak part of me that wants to manage and fix everything. Needless to say, it’s been an interesting couple weeks trying to learn this.

There’s a story in 2 Chronicles 32 that illustrates this point better than I can explain it. The King of Assyria comes in and invades Judah. The Assyrian King fortifies the cities and he knows that he’s got this battle in the bag. After consulting with his commanders, King Hezekiah decides to cut off the water supply to the incoming forces. The king addresses the military in verse 6:

He appointed military officers over the people and assembled them before him in the square at the city gate and encouraged them with these words: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said.

In the end, God sends an angel to slaughter the Assyrian army. The sons of the Assyrian King turn their own swords on their father. The bible says in verse 22, “He [God] took care of them on every side”.

We think the battles that we face are our problem. We take on the stress of life and remove God from the equation. In the end it’s because of a lack of faith or we have a need to control everything around us.

Remember this, God wants to provide for you. This doesn’t mean quit your job so that God can do something big, it means that we’ve got to realize that God cares enough for us that He’s fighting our battles. We have to be willing to “let go” so that God can provide. If the Bible is telling us the truth and God is our Father, then He desires to provide for His children.

This excerpt was taken from the message, “Letting Go” from April 7, 2011 at Collision Coffee House. Join us every Thursday night starting at 7 p.m. for our weekly Collision Coffee House service.
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    • Ryan Gutowski
    • Husband, Dad, artist and lover of the hot wing. Ryan and his wife Erin founded Collision in 2008 as a ministry for twentysomethings who felt left behind by the church. You can reach him at ryan@collisioncm.com

One Comment

  1. avatar Matt
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    Good word…very true, we think we have the big guns but it aint us at all

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