Popular saying, 'Let go and let God' is not biblical

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December 19, 2012

Popular saying, 'Let go and let God' is not biblical

My wonderful and wise husband posted this on our family's Facebook ministry page yesterday and I was so encouraged by it, I wanted to share what it with all of you.

Read. Listen. Be blessed.

"Commit your way to the LORD, trust in him, and he will act"
~Psalm 37:5

This verse stands in stark contrast to a popular phrase in the church today, "Let go and let God". We usually hear this phrase related to a difficult trial we may be going through, even our struggle to die to ourselves, our sinful desires. Just stop worrying about it and let God take care of everything...so the thinking goes.

In his book, The Discipline of Grace, Jerry Bridges writes, "There's no question that we are responsible to pursue holiness with all the intensity the word pursue implies. Every moral imperative in the Bible addresses itself to our responsibility to discipline ourselves unto godliness. We aren't just to 'turn it all over to the Lord' and let Him live His life through us. Rather, we're to love one another, to put to death the misdeeds of the body, and to put off the old man and put on the new man".

One of the greatest Christian thinkers in our lifetime is J.I. Packer. If you find something he wrote (there's a lot), you should read it. But here's what he has to say about "Let Go and Let God", how it almost ruined his life, and what he's learned about it all through his journey in life.

1 comment

  1. Hey there Mark, thank you for your thoughtful comment. Glad you got to watch the video. J.I. Packer is a faithful man of God that we could all glean much from. I'm also thankful to know that God already granted you the correct understanding of "let go and let God."☺


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