“Let go and let God.”

The mantra, “let go and let God,” has been used by religious groups to express a need to hand over all troubles to God and let Him take care of them. While it’s true that God is able to do everything Himself, does it necessarily follow that this is His will? Let’s see what the bible says about God doing all the work...

Example 1

When they came to Marah , they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.) So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?” Then Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. (Exo 15:23-25) NIV

Get it? God did the actual miracle, but for some odd reason, He had Moses toss a stick into the water.

Example 2

In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah said, “...you are going to die; you will not recover.” Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD...And Hezekiah wept bitterly. The word of the LORD came to Isaiah: “...I will heal you.” Then Isaiah said, “Prepare a poultice of figs.” They did so and applied it to the boil, and he recovered. (2 Kings 20:1-7) NIV

Who did the actual healing? God, right? But, He also required that some medicine be applied to the wound. Could God have done it without the poultice? You bet He could! But for some reason, man had a part, just as in the waters at Marah.

Example 3

I will establish your borders from the Red Sea to the Sea of the Philistines, and from the desert to the River. I will hand over to you the people who live in the land and you will drive them out before you.” (Exo 23:31) NIV

This is during the time God told the Hebrews about the Promised Land. God’s part: “I will hand you over to the people.” Man’s part: “You will drive them out.” Again, could not God simply have wiped the land clean of the Canaanites, without the Jews having to do all that killing? Of course He could have! But we have a part also. God is not going to do everything for us.

Example 4

“Give us this day, our daily bread...”

We don’t pray for bread and then stand with our mouths open to heaven, do we? God will do His part and we have to get to work.

When it comes to the issue of salvation, this same attitude crops up: God does it all...we don’t have to do anything. Denominational preachers wring their hands, crying out, “We're saved by faith, not by works!” Has God provided the sacrifice for our sins? Sure has. Christ died to save all men. So what is our part? How about reaching out and grabbing that gift?

When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:37-38) Peter didn’t say, “Pray the Sinner’s Prayer, brothers.” He said, “Change your evil ways (repent) and go get baptized!”

Don’t be misled by the “faith only” movement. You have a part to play and that part involves forcing your mind AND body into compliance with God’s will. If you’re too embarrassed to get baptized in front of people you don’t know, then perhaps you’re not at the point where you really need a savior. A person coming to Christ has to forsake everything, including their pride. The truly brokenhearted don't care what others think; all they know is that they need a Savior to remove the load of guilt they've been lugging around.