Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-8
If anyone reading this has ever had to let go and let God, you understand why this particular message needs to be expounded on more than just one week. Letting go (trusting God with our lives, and all that has concerned us) and letting God (allowing Him to resolve any problems we face) is vital. It is truly God’s way, and when we walk in God’s way, we experience abundance in every area of our lives (Psalm 65:11). Additionally, God’s way always leads to a perfect resolution for us, while stirring up aggressive peace in us. The truth is God wants us to walk in this “highway” because He loves us, wants to see us filled with the never ceasing shalom (peace and wellbeing) that Jesus died to give us, and He truly delights to help us. But because the devil tries to use things and people of the utmost importance to easily beset us, to get us full of worries in his violent attempt to devour us; it is important we know and believe that it is safe for us to cast all our cares to Jesus, who loves us, no matter how important the concerns maybe (1 Peter 5:5-9). Beloved, God can do a lot of things — but lie or fail… He cannot do! (Numbers 23:19 & Titus 1:2). And even if you have failed, God remains faithful (2 Timothy 2:13). The truth is we can trust a loving Father like this. Queen Esther did, and God proved to her, like He desperately wants to prove to us, that He is completely worthy of our full trust.
Queen Esther decided to let go and let God even while facing an almost certain death. (Book of Esther) This was during a time when an enemy of the Jews (Esther was of Jewish decent) deceived the king of that day into issuing an irreversible decree to kill, destroy and annihilate all the men, women and children who were Jews (Esther 3:12-13). During Esther’s time, whenever someone went to the king’s chambers un-summoned by him, the penalty was death unless the king pardoned that brave soul. The king had not called for Esther to come to him in months and the decree ordering the Jews wrongful execution was imminent. Not only that — but the enemy of the Jews (Haman) had received the king’s full permission and authority to kill all those Jewish people. Queen Esther had every natural reason to let fear grip her heart, panic to set in and trusting God to not even be an option…but she didn’t. Granted, her initial reaction was to seek to save her own life, and pour out like water every excuse why she should not go, but eventually, and after being reminded of her God-given purpose, Queen Esther let go and let God, agreeing to go before the king unsummoned to plead for the life of her kinsman, and herself, saying, “If I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:16). What was the result of her letting go and letting God? God proved Himself worthy of all her trust. God saved Queen Esther’s life, saved the life of her kinsman and saved the lives of an entire Jewish nation, while executing all of their enemies! This same God is our Father and He is most worthy of our trust. What He did for Esther, He will do for us every time we let go and let God!
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23)
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