“Letting Go” is a necessary part of life. In fact, life is a series of “Letting Go’s.” That is to say, we seem to be “letting go” on a regular basis. Friends are made then we must “Let go” as they move away or we move away. We often leave our home towns; churches; schools; and even family. We “let go” of our roles as parents or children. We even “let go” of attitudes and beliefs.
The Bible is full of people who moved on in relationships and so many other areas of life. Right now, yes right now, just stop and try to think of people in the Bible that were involved in “letting go” of something or someone. Consider Adam and Eve as they let go of Abel, murdered by his brother. Then God put Cain out of the Garden of Eden, because of his murder. Cain said, “My punishment is more than I can bear. Today you are driving me from the land and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.”
Abraham and Lot separated from each other so they could live and multiply. We see the Hebrews leaving the Canaan for Egypt. The whole nation was separated from the future Promised Land. They stayed in Egypt for approximately 450 years, then wandered in the desert for 40 years.
God “let go” of us and gave us freedom and free will to become. Humanity wandered away from God and God sent prophets to try and bring them back. We can only grow and become when we are cut loose from whom and what we were in the past. A child is given freedom when that child starts school and is separated from family during the day. That child graduates from high school and again is “let go” to become.
As we are “letting go” of things and people life seems to speed up. We find ourselves on the fast track to something. That “something” can be many things like: God; family; work; etc. Before we know it we look back over our lives and marvel and the number of “letting go” times we have experienced.
God “let go” of Jesus, His only Son, for our sake. Jesus life was a series of “letting go” to become for us what we could not become for ourselves. Jesus bore our sins so we could be forgiven and have eternal life now and it the future. “Separations” in our lives are usually painful, to some degree. One thing for sure is that we can never go back. All of us have one thing in common. We all have a future. Now that should be enough to scare the “hell” our of us.
Paul wrote to the church at Rome that God’s people have one thing that can never be taken away from us or “separated” from us. In Romans 8:31-39 reads, “What, then shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave Him up for us all-how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things…Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword…No in al these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life; neither angels nor demons; neither the present nor the future; nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Wow, in the midst of all the “letting go” experiences in life one “separation” is impossible for those who are in Christ Jesus, namely, God’s love for us. Child of God, you will be with God forever and ever. Go in peace; serve the Lord; pray for one another always.