BY REV. PERRY AALGAARD - FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH OF MILFORD
The phrase "Let go and let God" is a saying I have heard many different times. It seems so simple, but it is hard for us as, humanity, to follow. We are focused on trying to control of everything in our lives. We fear the unknown and try hard to eliminate it the best we can.
There are many ways in which we try to get rid of risk, but I am amazed at how much we can now control in our lives through our mobile phones. We are able to count our calories, steps, and health with our phones. We are also able to control our homes, the lights, heating and cooling, even see who comes to the door, even if we are hundreds of miles away. We can even order things we want and have them delivered to our homes with our phones. We control what the world, our friends, see through social media about our lives by showing only the portions we want known. We can read books, listen to music, hear the news, and find the answer to any question.
So when we have so much control at our finger tips, it makes sense we become frustrated when we cannot control everything in our lives. Scripture calls us not to worry, to let God handle our worries and our fears.
Proverbs 3:5-6 — Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
When we are trying so hard to control our lives there is little room for trusting God. He has given to us the gift of forgiveness through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. We receive the gift of grace through faith which God gives to us also. The Holy Spirit creates faith in us so we may believe these promises are true.
God has also promised to be an active part of our lives, God call us to trust has plans and direction for us in our lives also. Today, I challenge you to turn your fears over to God and to let the plans and grace of God fill your life. Trust in the Lord always!