• Joni

Day 20: Simply Let Go

Lay it down.

Whatever weighs you down,

because there

is

SOMEONE

Who not only wants to carry your extra weight,

but carry you.

DO YOU BELIEVE IT?

Are you having a hard time

LETTING GO

of that one thing that you just won't let go?

Abraham had to

with something that he loved beyond himself~

His little boy Isaac

who was a miracle born to Sarah & him in their ripe old age.

And then GOD asked him

to not only LET GO of his son,

but in a way that was incomprehensible~

to make him a sacrifice.

I could just image what Abraham was thinking

as I know what I would be~

"BBBBuuuut GOD

Not my child.

Not the one that you gave me".

But GOD said,

YES!

So Abraham made the choice to

LET GO

of

his most precious gift.

They climbed the mountain together.

They gathered the wood together.

And then it happened.

Abraham asked Isaac to lay down.

And there Abraham stood

looking down upon his son,

who was never a burden,

but now became the

BURDEN OF LETTING GO

So he took his knife.~

"But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven,

“Abraham! Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” HE said. “

Do not do anything to him.

Now I know that you fear GOD,

because you have not withheld from ME your son, your only son” (Genesis 22:11-12).

BUT GOD

was there the whole time.

HE knew what HE was doing,

but boy oh boy

what an excruciating test this was as

GOD was taking Abraham to a deeper level into faith~

TRUSTING GOD

whom he loved

&

whom he

BELIEVED that

HIS ways are not our ways

&

that

HIS ways are not to destroy and hurt us.

GOD just wants our ALL~

to

LET GO

of all our "Isaacs".

They come in all different shapes and sizes~

A habit.

A worry.

A fear.

A bitterness.

& yes

sometimes

A person

whom we love beyond comprehension~

whether they hurt you

whether

they are a prodigal

whether

they are no longer here~

yet your heart remains so heavy

like a burdensome weight

that you just can't

LET GO.

We can hold on tightly & GOD will allow us to,

but what HE really desires is for us to

LOVE HIM

"with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength" (Deuteronomy 6:4)

Because

GOD so loves us beyond our comprehension &

HE knows what it feels like

as

HE had to

LET GO of HIS most Prized Possession

HIS SON JESUS

who also said~

You shall love the LORD your GOD with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment." (Matthew 22: 37-38).

Oh how when we love something or someone so much

that we just can't

LET GO.

But boy oh boy

the moment we place our

"Isaacs"

on the chopping block~

LETTING GO

to

GOD who loves us with

HIS whole heart, soul and mind~

HE not only takes away

the weight of the burden that we insist on carrying ourselves

but

HE fills us

with a PEACE & a HOPE & a JOY that transcends all understanding.

Oh I know

how excruciating it is when

GOD takes you to a deeper level in your faith

TO TRUST HIM

with your

"Isaac".

It has been a way for me to experience

"how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is" (Ephesians 3:18)

And HE isn't done with me yet.

Who is your Isaac? What is your Isaac?

Will you

SIMPLY LET GO

to the ONE

who is always

"FAITHFUL" (listen to the song below)


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