Have you ever wanted something badly? Have you ever wanted something so badly, you didn’t want to let it go?
In our family’s advent devotional, we learned about Jonah. He ran away from God because he was scared. Scared of the Ninevites. Scared of what God would do.
“Sometimes you have to let go of some things to save the most important thing.” (Ann Voskamp, Unwrapping the Greatest Gift)
Have you ever really thought about that? It is so true. If we never let go of things, we can never receive and hold onto what God gives us next.
Trust is all it takes. Trust is what Jonah needed. Trust is what we need.
God has huge things in store for us, but we can’t even see it coming because we are too preoccupied with the here and now. God loves to give good gifts to His children, but how many times have we missed great gifts He has handed to us because we were too busy? not paying attention? not listening?
We have to learn to let go of things and put them in God’s hand so we can reach up and grasp God’s hands, receiving the greatest gift of all- HIM.
It all boils back down to trust… again. We have to trust that God will be there for us when we finally do let go of whatever takes us away from Him. I can say from personal experience, He is the ONLY one who will always be there for you… hear you… love you… understand you.
Although Jonah ran away from God, in the end He submitted to His authority and watched God do a great work in the most evil people on the planet.
What would happen if we gave up what we were holding and submitted to God? Think of all the ways He could use us! Think of how different the world would be! All because you let go.
This song talks about letting go of your selfish desires and putting it in the hands of God! It talks about getting out of your comfort zone, but still putting it into God’s hands! (“I’m Letting Go” by Francesca Battistelli)
Proverbs 3:5-6, Romans 8:28, Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 9:9-10, John 14:1, Psalm 46:1, 2 Samuel 7:28