What does giving it to God mean? How do I give it to God and let it go?
Here we were as a fun date night activity, talking once again about what we wanted in a home. Large rooms, granite or quartz countertops, we named it all. As we resumed our house hunt the following day, my husband surprised me by showing me a home listing that suddenly popped up on the market. It met all our challenging criteria and most importantly it was within our price point. We figured there was no way that house could have all the upgraded amenities at such a price point.
Although skeptical, we scheduled a viewing. As I got ready, I whispered to God, God I need flashing neon signs here, a final price tag of X amount would certainly do. Upon visiting, the home was definitely all that and more. Without asking, discussions with our realtor spelled out my magic number. Taken a back, I was like, yes God I hear you loud and clear.
We were definitely interested in potentially making an offer but there were just a few details we needed to iron out first before we could take such a step.
On our way back we discussed at length how amazing God was, without even initially asking him, he knew our deepest hearts desires and I thanked him for the neon lights he sent my way.
When we reached home, I noticed I missed a call from our realtor. A return call revealed that another buyer had submitted an offer for the house. If we were interested, we would need to act fast.
We were at a crossroads, here was this home that we loved that we felt sure God was guiding us to, should we make the leap? After much discussion we concluded that if this was for us, regardless of the situation, it would be ours. We opted to be still and let go and let God and decided not to pursue with an offer.
The following day we were informed that the home was conditionally sold.
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What Does Giving It to God Mean
Giving it to God is all about surrendering your will to God. Giving him the opportunity to work in our lives even when we don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel. Giving it to God when we have relationship issues, financial troubles, worries about our job or even when we think we know what’s right for us.
While losing this home felt like I got my heart broken all over again. It was a lovely reminder that God knows best and giving it to God means that I am trusting God to work things out with my best interest in mind.
When Daniel and his friends were taken captive in Babylon, they chose to obey God’s commands and not to defile themselves with the food and wine provided to them by the King (Daniel 1). Instead, they adopted a diet of vegetables and water and trusted God to keep them nourished.
Fast Forward a few years later, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, refused to bow down and worship a statue even though this meant they would be thrown into a blazing furnace. God rewarded their faithfulness and not one strand of hair on their heads was scorched by the fire (Daniel 3). Such an amazing testimony that must have been that day to onlookers. Would you have been willing to stand firm in faith in a similar situation?
In Philippians 4:6, we are reminded that:
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. “(NLT)
How to Let Go and Let God
Giving It To God – Pray
So, how does one really let go and let God?
When it come it comes to giving it to God, I think the most important thing you can do, is just to pray. You don’t have to go through your struggles alone.
Even Jesus prayed to the father for strength when he saw the hurdle he was about to face. In Luke 22:41-44, we see Jesus in deep agony, he even prayed to the father to take away his suffering if it was his will. In his time of agony and Angel was sent from heaven to strengthen him.
Talk to God, tell him your worries or your struggles and ask him to help you through it. It wasn’t until I prayed that I started to feel at peace with the idea that the house I thought was for me, turned out not to be what God had in mind for us at that time.
It wasn’t an instant fix, but it got better day by day until I finally felt at peace.
Giving It To God – Sing Songs
Songs have such an amazing ability to change your mood. Songs can help uplift you and offer encouragement that you are not alone. Find songs that can help remind you that you are not alone and that Jesus will be with you through the storm.
One such song that comes to mind is, “What a friend we have in Jesus All our sins and griefs to bear And what a privilege to carry Everything to God in prayer Oh, what peace we often forfeit Oh, what needless pain we bear All because we do not carry Everything to God in prayer”. It is a lovely reminder that I have a friend name Jesus who I can always turn to.
Giving It To God – Claim Bible Promises
I view the Bible as love letters from God. So, in times when I might be feeling low spirited, I reach for my love letters and focus on a verses filled with hope and promise. Whenever you need some extra encouragement, find Bible verses to encourage you. Here are some of my favorite Bible verses about giving it to God. These have all been taken from the King James Version.
Giving it to God: Bible Verses to Help You Let Go and Let God
“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Matthew 6:34
“Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you.” Isaiah 35:4
“But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.” Isaiah 43:1
“In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.” Psalms 94:19
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7
“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” Psalms 55:22
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
Bible Verses About Giving Problems To God
“What time I am afraid; I will trust in thee.” Psalms 56:3
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
“ For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
“For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.” Mark 6:50
“The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
“As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.” Mark 5:36
“The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.” Proverbs 29:25
“The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.” Psalms 34:7
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalms 46:1
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalms 27:1
“Ye shall not fear them: for the Lord your God he shall fight for you. Deuteronomy 3:22
After several attempts of trying to find another home we liked and having another hiccup with another house, we decided to put our house hunting on pause. That very evening our first love popped back up on the market. I am happy to say God worked things out for us and we are now first time homeowners.
As I mentioned in my beginning statement, if something is for you regardless of what happens if will be for you.
How are you giving it to God and letting go and let God? In times of trouble instead of asking why me Lord, try reflecting on the following: what could God be teaching me in this moment?
Giving It To God: 3 Powerful Ways to Let Go and Let God
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