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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Learning To Let Go and Let God Work

In summary of Psalms 37:7 it says, “Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.”

Bottom Line:
Be patient, wait for the Lord to act; don't be worried about those who prosper or those who succeed in their evil plans.

What this means to me:
I am to learn to be still in the presence of the Lord (rest in Him.)  I must also learn to be willing to wait on Him to act.  My natural tendency is to upset when others with bad or evil intents get rich or when their plans succeed.  The key is letting go and letting God work.  Let him deal with others in his own time.  
Part of my learning is to surrender my life to:
1) Follow God's lead without knowing where he's sending me;
2) Waiting for God's perfect timing without knowing when it will come;
3) Expecting a miracle without knowing how God will provide;
4) Trusting God's purpose in a situation without understanding the circumstances.
My ultimate goal will be when I can rely on God to work things out instead of trying to manipulate others, force my agenda, and control the situation. I don't always have to be in charge. Instead of trying harder, I will trust more. I must let go and let God work.
A supreme example of self-surrender is Jesus. The night before his crucifixion Jesus surrendered himself to God's plan. He prayed, "Father, everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine." (Mark 14:36 NLT)
Genuine surrender for me says, "Father, if this problem, pain, sickness, or circumstance is needed to fulfill your purpose and glory in my life or in another's life, please don't take it away!"

This level of maturity will take some work on my part. It will require an intense warfare against my own self-centered nature.