Faith To Let Things Go
“When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank.” Exodus 2:3
One of the most difficult things in life is learning to let go of something you believe you cannot live without. While letting go is difficult, it can be extremely beneficial. Letting go can force you to place your faith in God.
In Exodus chapter 2, we see God’s chosen people, the Hebrews, relentlessly oppressed by the Egyptians and forced into hopeless slavery. However, the Lord chose to bless the Hebrews and they continued to multiply in number. As a result, Pharaoh required that every Hebrew male born must be thrown into the Nile River and killed. During this time, a young Hebrew girl named Jochebed gave birth to a son. However, rather than throwing him into the Nile, she decided to hide him in her home for three months.
Eventually, it became impossible for Jochebed to continue to hide the rambunctious baby and she had an important decision to make. She could either continue to hide the increasingly growing child, or let him go and put him in the Nile. Letting the baby go would be dangerous and she would lose control of knowing the outcome of her baby’s life. After careful thought, she built a small basket and placed the baby in the Nile. Can you imagine the anxiety and fear she must have faced in letting her baby go?
Somehow she was able to place her faith in God and let go! As her baby traveled down the Nile, he was seen by Pharaoh’s daughter, who had pity on the child. And as God had always planned, the baby was returned to Jochebed. The baby she was willing to let go was brought safely back, and she was able to raise him without fear of him being killed.
In what area of your life do you need to let go in order to place your faith in God? Perhaps it’s a job that causes you to compromise your convictions. Maybe it’s a relationship that is emotionally draining and constantly causes you stress. Or maybe you need to let go of a habit that’s preventing you from experiencing a fruitful life in Christ. Whatever it is, I encourage you to have faith and trust God with the results. Let it go into His capable hands.
Jason Caine, Associate Pastor of Ministries