Devotional – Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Letting Go
Let go (of your concerns)!
Then you will know that I am God.
I rule the nations.  I rule the earth. 
Psalm 46:10 (God’s Word translation)

The other night my wife and I watched the movie, Fiddler on the Roof. It is a musical about a village confronted with letting go. With song and dance, nearly every thread of traditional behavior was being pulled from their social fabric. There they were, a community, a family, living as they always had; working, sharing, laughing, arguing, and sometimes loving and irritating one another simultaneously. It is what immediate and extended families do and it is normal. But what happens when life becomes abnormal as it did in the movie? Individuals and society can and do reach the end of their rope. Struggling with pressure, threatened resources, confinement, fatigue, loneliness, crowded personal space, can bring any of us to just that point. Then what do we do when anxiety takes rule; when our movie turns scary and the music and dancing stop?

Both presidents Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt are credited with saying, “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” That knot and hanging on to a rope remind me of youth camp and the two opposing teams of twenty or more people becoming exhausted competing in a tug-of-war. Not giving up has its time and place, but God reminds us that His ways are above man’s ways. I was so happy that I was on the team whose captain passed this word from front to back, “On the count of three, let go,” and we did. Although we technically lost, in truth, our team won. The opponents collectively fell on their behinds and laughter by all was the best prize.

Now in these remaining abnormal weeks of isolation and confinement, it is very likely that at some point, on some issue, there will be a tug-of-war in mind, spirit or relationships with family. Remember, in whatever form it arrives, it is the enemy that wants to pull us, drag us down and across the line away from the peace of God. In our own strength we lose, but Jesus, our Captain, is on our side. The peace of God that transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ. Philippians 4:7.  In knowing this, the victory is ours!

So what of our fearful concerns? Jesus says, “Let go.”

Offered by Dak McInnis

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