Let Go and Let God

In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 we’re told to “rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances.” As I have been reflecting on “ALL circumstances” I have appreciated the importance of keeping this passage front and centre throughout 2020 and I will be keeping it top of mind in 2021 as well. As we start to take tentative steps into a new year, how have you prepared for it? I have been so aware of the common threads on Facebook of closing the door on 2020 as a terrible year and looking forward to 2021 but if we close the door on the experiences of 2020 are we not denying God the sovereignty of ALL circumstances whether we like or understand them or not? Through Christ, all things are possible. That means that no matter what 2020 held for you, Christ is able to walk alongside you to help you to move forward in your life. This doesn’t mean that we should push our feelings and thoughts aside in an attempt to hurry and get over them for the sake of a new year. Rather, we have to be willing to let go of control and allow Christ to reign and rule over our lives, submitting to His authority and plan, and trust Him to help us in whatever way we need while we move forward. So this is my challenge for you and me as we move on into a new year: let us embrace everything that we encounter and thank God for these opportunities. Since I became a Christian I have always said that there is no such thing as coincidence but that they are God-incidences. Let’s try to ‘let go and let God’ more and more as we move on into a new year. Wishing you every blessing as we move forward together in His name. Ali