Casting all your care upon Him for He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)
I felt from God to share with you all what He is sharing and revealing more and more to me. Our Father truly wants us to receive all that He has for us. The issue isn’t God’s ability or desire to provide our needs, and our heart’s desires; the issue is on the receiving end. When we believe, we receive. When we don’t believe we are filled with fear and worry. Now, keep in mind the Lord is showing us this to help us, not to condemn us. The Lord wants to teach us His ways so that we can posses ever promise He made us! So let’s dive into this revelation and receive the breakthroughs and miracles we desire!
God’s way is that we let go and let God. This simply means to believe God and trust Him, and His love for us, to resolve whatever challenges we are facing. Faith to believe God comes by hearing and hearing the word of Christ. Let me say right away here that I have experienced the need to let go and let God, and have really struggled with it, and as much as I would love to tell you that those struggles are all in my past…the reality is, I am still learning to let go and trust God. And while I am on this journey of letting go and letting God, I am literally experiencing the power of God manifest in the very area I surrender immediately when I do let go. I want this for you all too, and God wants it for you even more.
God has demonstrated the power of letting go and letting God in many people’s lives throughout the entire Bible, although we will only be looking at one of them here today. God’s nature and will for us is that we trust Him with our cares and concern, but human nature seems to be to hold on for dear life to what we have…even problems. And when someone has suffered loss, the grip can get even tighter as they try to keep whatever is left because of the fear of losing more, or losing it all. There is a perfect example of this in God’s word, and with it a clear picture why we should “let go and let God.” Jacob (the father of Joseph) life clearly portrays this truth. Let me give you some background so you can understand Jacob’s hesitation in letting go and trusting God. Jacob had a wife (Rachel) whom he deeply loved. He waited over a decade to marry her, and when he finally married her, she wasn’t able to conceive. God blessed them and opened her womb, and from her womb came Joseph…the son whom Jacob deeply loved. Well, Jacob was wrongfully led to believe that his son Joseph was killed by wild animals (his brothers who were jealous of him sold him into slavery and faked his death). To say that Jacob was broken is truly and understatement of what this man must have felt. Rachel and Jacob eventually had another son (Benjamin),and then Rachel died. Along with her death was the possibility of Jacob having anymore children from the only woman he was ever in love with. Later on Jacob experienced a famine in the land where he lived, but got word that there was bread in Egypt (this is where Joseph currently was living and ruling second in command in that entire country). Now, the famine was severe and if Jacob didn’t get food for his family…they were going to surely die. Jacob’s older sons (who sold Joseph into slavery) went to Egypt and came face to face with Joseph unbeknownst to them. Joseph, recognizing them, decided to test them and request that Benjamin (his younger brother with the same mom) be brought to them or they would not get any grain for the famine. When the older brothers went back to tell their father they must bring Benjamin with them to Egypt in order to buy more grain so they don’t die; Jacob refused. He responded in fear and worry that what happened in his past would happen again. Fear that history would repeat itself was consuming Jacob so much that he didn’t realize by not allowing his sons to go to Egypt to buy bread (that was the only nation that had grain), he was securing the death of the very son he feared would die. Fear is very irrational. But eventually Jacob must have stopped only remembering what happened to him and remembered the faithfulness of our God, because he finally let go and let God. He declared one day that they could take Benjamin and, “If I am bereaved, I am bereaved” (Genesis 43:14). This leap of faith Jacob took led him to be reunited with his long-lost son, Joseph, and it led him and his whole house to plenty of bread and a life of luxury during a famine! And by the way, Benjamin lived and was the most highly favored among all of Jacob’s sons in Egypt! God is good, and He is worthy of our trust!
“…Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
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