Holding on to things or people is not necessarily a bad thing in itself, but sometimes we hold onto things that are not good for us. Things that become a hindrance for us and our relationship with God. Whether we feel something is holding onto us or we are holding onto it we need to sometimes disconnect and let go. Letting go is not always easy. We tend to hold on to the past, past failures, hurts, grudges, and hopes & dreams that never came true. As I read and study Exodus I think about Pharaoh, the Hebrews, Moses, and God’s plan. How we too can ignore God’s commands to let go.
The LORD said, “I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings. (Exodus 3:7)
God heard the cry of the Hebrew people, and was going to use Moses to deliver them from Pharaoh, and their bondage. God at the right time would be faithful to His promises for His people.
And afterward Moses and Aaron came and said to Pharaoh, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel,’Let My people go that they may celebrate a feast to Me in the wilderness.’ ” But Pharaoh said, “Who is the LORD that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, and besides, I will not let Israel go.” (Exodus 5:1-2)
There were many reasons why Pharaoh would not let the Hebrew go, but there was one that took precedence over the others. The root cause of his decision to keep the Hebrew people in bondage.
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Pharaoh’s heart is stubborn; he refuses to let the people go. (Exodus 7:14)
There in lies our problem.
It is a heart condition. We sometimes unknowingly hold onto things that should have long let go because of a stubbornness in our heart to relinquish them. When we refuse to let go of things we should, like Pharaoh, we are displaying pride, stubbornness, and rebellion to God. Even after we have heard the good news of the gospel we hold on. Doing so keeps us in a similar bondage. We don’t experience true freedom found in Christ Jesus, and withhold glory to our Father in Heaven.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. (John 10:10)
There is no question that sin always causes destruction in our lives. Whether is is caused by us or someone else make no difference. We cannot change the past, and living in regret will not produce the Godly living that our Father desires for us. We must allow the gospel to shine on every every area of our heart. Light overcomes the dark areas of our hearts, and magnifies the cross in our lives. The gospel allows for grace and forgiveness to overcome all things. The love of God can infiltrate our heart to produce healing, peace and joy.
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:1-5)
God has provided a way through Jesus for us to let go of whatever holds us back spiritually, and grab on to the cross. The cross puts to death those things and produces life. We can abide in Jesus, and He prunes away the things that have taken residence in our heart, but no longer belong.
“Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:25)
So as I take time to reflect on my life, past, and present I want God to expose anything in my heart that I need to let go of. To soften me, and for me to surrender ALL things to Him. I have come to know that I can trust in His promises. God is faithful even when we are faithless. We can be assured that God will accomplish His will, and surrendering all things to Him allows us to be a part of His story. One that is bigger than ourselves. When we live for His will in our life over our will we can avoid needless pain, and frustration. So whatever it is your holding onto, let it go.
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7)