“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.” James 1:5-6……….
“I don’t want to throw them away,” I retorted. “They’re comfy.”
Please don’t follow my example. Defiance toward God is wrong. Nevertheless, in my humanness, in my sin to be precise, I argued.
Whom would I obey? The Lord? Would I throw away my old, raggedy, torn up, so comfy jeans? Or would I obey my flesh and hang on to what made me comfortable and content?
I live for Jesus. I threw the jeans away. I don’t live for comfort anymore. I live for Christ. And, though my heart might rebel in thought sometimes, I do my best to obey the Lord. And not only to obey in action. But to repent when my heart is wrong and to change my attitude so it’s pleasing to the Lord.
Know what those jeans remind me of? How sometimes we hold onto stuff, people, relationships, jobs, ideas, beliefs, places, houses, connections, commitments, churches, locations, etc. because they’ve become familiar, feel secure in their familiarity, and feel comfortable, thereby pleasing to our flesh. Then, even when the Lord says to let go, we become defiant in our thoughts and even sometimes in our actions.
Whether we’re talking about an old pair of comfy jeans, or an old relationship that’s displeasing to God but feels comfortable because we’ve been in it for so long and because it pleases our flesh, there’s only one right way to handle it when God says let go.
I let the jeans go. And that’s nothing compared to everything and everyone else in my life the Lord has told me to let go that I’ve chosen in obedience to Him to let go. I didn’t let go because I knew it would make me happy and feel good. I let go because JESUS CHRIST IS LORD, and we are to believe in Christ as Lord and to obey Christ as Lord in all things – including what and when He tells us to let go.
Time to let go? Ask the Lord. Listen. Make sure you’re hearing His voice. Make sure what you hear lines up with the Bible. Seek counsel from Christ-centered, Bible-founded people if and as He leads you. And, if He’s telling you to let go, whether it’s a pair of old holey tennis shoes or a job you’ve held onto for 25 years or a church whose new pastor is watering down God’s Word, or whatever or whomever it is, obey the Lord. LET GO!