One of the easiest things to talk about and hardest to do is to ‘let go, and let God’. The ability to relinquish control and let God take the reigns can be one of the most terrifying events of your life. Yet, you will find that God never, EVER drops the reigns and He has much more capable hands than we could ever dream of having.
If you are like me, you are a ‘get it done’ ‘fix it’ type person. You see a problem and you develop a solution to remedy that problem. You are probably a person who takes action, and finds it difficult to sit on your hands when there is a crisis rearing its ugly head.
Just the other day I made the great blunder of leaving the baptistry filling up without a timer or reminder on my phone. The baptistry overflowed and there was standing water everywhere underneath the platform and all in the back rooms behind the baptistry. We cut the water off, got the water draining, and then I sent out a mass message to the church to bring shop vacs. A bunch of people showed up, and although it took hours, we got it all cleaned up and the problem resolved. When problems come, I like being able to take action, make a plan, and execute the plan. I love it when there is a clear path of completion and clear steps to get there.
Sometimes in life we have things come that have no real clear path or solution. We can be left pondering… “how do I fix this?” or “what is the next step?” Our dependence on God is never more acutely felt than at these moments. When we hit crossroads that cause us to pause and feel very small and very helpless. It is at these moments that we must let go and let God.
One of the most impressive attributes about David was his willingness to allow God to handle his problems. On numerous occasions David had opportunity to take matters into his own hands and kill Saul. Saul after all was trying to unjustly kill David, surely David had just cause for killing him first. David understood that Saul was God’s man… fallen, sinful, and rebellious, but still God’s man. David also understood that God was sovereign and in control. If God wanted to kill Saul, He could do it easily.
This lesson was driven deeper into the heart of David by his encounter with a wretched man named Nabal. David’s desire was to kill him, but thanks to Abagail, David was reminded that God would execute judgment. In just a short time, God killed Nabal. David expressed, “…Blessed by the LORD, that hath pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, and hath kept his servant from evil: for the LORD hath returned the wickedness of Nabal upon his own head…” (1 Samuel 25:39
David understood that there were some things God had to take care of. David also understood that there were some things God wanted him to take care of. The blessing is that David was close enough to the Lord to know the difference.
My prayer for you today is that God would give you a discerning heart to know when to act and when to wait patiently on the Lord. There are times when God wants us to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. There are times when God wants us to resist the temptation of taking matters into our own hands, and instead wait patiently on Him.
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Samuel 25 - 27
1 Samuel 26:9
“And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD'S anointed, and be guiltless?”