Let It Go
Okay, so I know the movie Frozen may be so 2015, and if you are the parent of a young girl you are absolutely sick of hearing the song “Let it Go” by Idina Menzel, but have you ever considered that God may be saying to you “Let it go?” He may be saying it to you right now, are you listening? Maybe He is telling you to let of go of your visions and dreams for your life, but you are arguing and thinking ‘but God, You gave me those visions and dreams! You placed them on my heart, You spoke them to me and confirmed them through the voice of others.’
I woke up the other morning with this very thought on my mind. I felt like God was asking me if I would let go of a dream, even temporarily, to see another person succeed. Now I’ve let go of dreams before, I gave up a lot of dreams when I followed the Lord’s call into ministry, but those weren’t God given dreams, they were my dreams. This time I felt like God was asking me this in regard to dreams that I was confident He had placed on my heart.
So I began to pray about it, and as I prayed I began to think about Abram. God gave Abram a dream, in fact God gave Abram a promise, several really. In Genesis 12:2-3 God says to Abram, “I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” [ESV]. Then in Genesis 15:4-5 God promises Abram a son and descendants as “numerous as the sand on the seashore.”
These are quite the promises! Words direct from the mouth of God to Abram, you couldn’t possibly get a clearer vision for your life! There’s only one problem here, in order to have descendants, Abraham needed children – he had none!
Fast forward twenty-five years from God’s initial promises (talk about having your dreams tested by time!), Abram’s name is changed to Abraham and finally the promised son is born. The God-given dream is being fulfilled, praise God! Well let’s jump ahead approximately another 13 years, God comes and speaks to Abraham again. In Genesis 22:2 the Lord tells Abraham to take his only son (yes this is a prophetic picture of Jesus) and sacrifice him. Are you kidding me? God asks Abraham to sacrifice his God-given dream? To let it go? He waited 25 years for the dream to begin to be fulfilled and now another 13 years later and God wants to take the dream away? Why even give the dream only to take it away? This just seems cruel!
But God does this, and it seems He does it for a purpose. It wasn’t just Abraham that He did it to, He also did it to Joseph. Joseph’s God-given dream took 22 years to be fulfilled and he experienced all sorts of testing. So God did it to people in the Bible, and He does it to you and I. According to Psalm 105:19 “Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the Lord tested Joseph’s character” [NLT]. As I ponder these things and the question I felt God asking me the other morning, it seems as though when God gives us dreams, He wants to test our trust, loyalty, faith, and obedience to Him before He can allow those dreams to come to pass.
The faith of Abraham is quite remarkable, he didn’t have the word of God and these stories to learn from like we do. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 11:17-19 that Abraham believed by faith that even if he were to sacrifice his God-given dream, that God himself could resurrect it from the dead. And this is precisely what happened. With his son tied to an altar and a dagger in his hands, Abraham encounters YHWH Yireh, the Lord our provider. Abraham passes the test of faith and God calls out to him, telling him not to harm his son and in the same moment provides a ram for the sacrifice. Over time, the rest of God’s promises to Abraham are fulfilled and in greater ways than he could have imagined. Abraham’s descendants form the nation of Israel and according to Galatians 3, all who have faith in Jesus are Abraham’s descendants.
But let’s get back to my initial question; have you ever considered that God may be saying to you “Let it go?” Is God asking me to let it go? Is God asking you to let it go? If He is, do I have faith to believe that if I “kill” a God-given dream, that He can raise it back to life? Do I have faith in Him to trust that if He has given me a dream that He is able to bring it to pass? What if it takes 22 years? Can my faith stand the test of time? Will I try to force my dreams to come to pass as Abram did with Hagar? Or will my faith be the kind of faith that Abraham had with his only son Isaac. I want to have the kind of faith that is willing to “let it go” in order to see the other side of what God can do through someone who trusts Him whole-heartedly.
Pastor Randy Vis