Hands Off!

“Let go and know that I am God;

I will be exalted amongst the peoples;

I will be exalted on the earth.”

(Psalm 46:11 {verse 10 in English})


This is one of those wonderful passages of scripture that is given to focus and comfort us at every turn in our lives. It is a passage that I have often quoted as I have counseled people struggling with hurt, loss, and anxiety and it is a passage that I have often quoted to myself as I have gone through struggles of my own. Much like a loving parent, God is saying to us, “Relax, don’t get so wound up in this or that, learn to trust my providence for my grace is sufficient for you.”

Typically, we see the first line rendered, “Be still and know that I am God.” Literally, the Hebrew word used here means to let go of something. It is a picture of God telling us to let go of all of those things that we are trying to control by our own efforts and he is saying, “Trust me, I will work things through.” Certainly that does not mean we are to sit back and never do anything because God uses us as tools to do his work in this world. But it does mean that we should not get so uptight about the process for God is in control. Jesus himself cautioned us not to feel anxious about tomorrow (Matthew 6:25-34). We have a God who has ordered all things according to the counsel of his own will (Ephesians 1:11) and that God loves us, so why waste our days fretting and worrying about what might happen or about what might have happened. We can only live in the present; God says, “Let go and know that I am God.”

I suppose that letting go is one of the hardest things for us to do. Our struggle with doing so goes back to the Fall of Adam and Eve, each wanting to do their own thing rather than trusting a loving God to order their days. How much we have yet to learn as we go through the process…

But do not miss the rest of this verse in the context of the psalm as a whole. Paul writes in Philippians that there will come a time when every tongue will confess and every knee will bow that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:9-11). When will it be that God is properly lifted up amongst the nations and throughout the earth? It will take place when justice rolls down the mountains like rain upon the wicked and they are finally and eternally brought into submission to the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord. So why be still? Because the God we worship wins in the end…hands down and with no qualifications. And if we are trusting in him, then who can stand against us? Why should we fear the world when we serve the one who has overcome the world on our behalf? Beloved, this is the call and command of God, let go and know in the very depths of your being that our God reigns and he cannot be moved from the designs he has set forth.

About preacherwin

A pastor, teacher, and a theologian concerned about the confused state of the church in America and elsewhere...Writing because the Christian should think Biblically.

Posted on January 25, 2012, in Expositions and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Stomach ulcers, headaches, high blood pressure … usually the result of not letting go. We surely can waste a lot of energy when we hang on, vainly trying to control our circumstances. Thanks for yet another reminder to focus on the last chapter … the part where His victory is already recorded and we spiritually and physically join in the celebration. And for now, we shall worship and serve (Ephesians 6:7)
    as unto Christ in whatever circumstance He puts us, until he returns.

    By the way, I think I may be going Baptist. Found a great church just down the road and after attending for 3 weeks, I’m seriously considering making it my “home”. It’s call New Walk and has a great website at mynewwalk.com. Lots of opportunities to serve there … just waiting for God to show me which direction(s) to go.


    • Indeed, Linda, we do waste a great deal of energy trying to hang on to things of which we ought to let go. Even so, in the process of sanctification, God usually makes those things hurt to hold onto us, at first gradually and then with greater and greater intensity until we cannot hold on any longer. We can be a stubborn people, though…

      I am glad you are settling into your new home. The link to the baptist church you mentioned looked good and the church looks like it has some Reformed roots (theologically). I have some dear friends who are baptist ministers and trust that they will disciple you well. The only thing that would hold me back would be that I don’t believe that immersion baptism is the Biblical model. Oceans of ink have been spilled in that debate; that is simply where I have fallen after reading the literature on both sides. At the same time, that would not stop me from encouraging you to follow where the Lord leads, so many blessings to you and your family. Stay in touch! in Christ, win


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