Let Go And Let God

Vance Havnerby Vance Havner

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee. Psalm 55:22

Some dear souls get the impression that faith is an attitude, a spiritual pose, which must be strenuously maintained for dear life. So they grit their teeth and screw themselves up to believe in tense earnestness, afraid to let go for a moment. We might as well try to pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps.

Trusting God is exactly the very opposite of all that. Hudson Taylor worked hard trying to develop faith, until he stopped looking at his faith and learned to rest in the Faithful one. You will blow up trying to work yourself up to just the right pitch. Faith begins by letting go, stretching out on the promises, not by taking a deep breath, clenching your fists, and resolving to trust or bust.

If we are to roll our burden upon the Lord, the only move on our part is to roll it, then leave it. Of course, if we never leave it, it rolls back and we spend all our time rolling instead of resting. He will keep what we commit-and leave committed.

“Let go and let God” is too often a proverb instead of a practice.

by Vance Havner

Don’t Hold On To Anything

A.B. Simpsonby A.B. Simpson

Faith is . . . the evidence of things not seenHebrews 11:1

True faith drops its letter in the post office box and lets it go. Distrust holds onto a corner of it and wonders why the answer never comes.

In my desk are some letters that I wrote weeks ago. But there was some slight uncertainty about the address or the contents so they are yet unmailed. As yet they have not done me or anyone else any good. They will never accomplish anything until I let them go out of my hands and trust them to the postal system.

This is the case with true faith. it hands its case over to God and then He works.

There is an appropriate verse in Psalm 37:5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he [worketh]. But He never works until we commit.

Faith is a receiving-or still better-a taking of God’s proffered gifts. We may believe and come and commit and rest, but we will not fully realize all our blessing until we begin to receive and come into the attitude of abiding and taking.

by A.B. Simpson

In These Evil Times

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