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What "Let Go and Let God" Means and What It Doesn't Mean

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.


"Let go and let God” is a common expression, especially among Christians. However, few of them know what the expression really means. Let's set the record straight by dissecting the expression to get its true meaning.

Even though the expression is not a scripture in the Bible, the concept is there. "Let go and let God" is powerful advice when it is done correctly.

The expression has two parts to this phrase: our part and God’s part. Therefore, we need to determine what we should let go of and what God is expected to do only after we have let go of those things.


Even though God is omnipotent and powerful enough to do all things, we still need to participate in our own blessings. So, what should we let go of and what should we still do?

There are many things in life that we have no control over, such as the weather, other people, etc. Therefore, we should let go of those things and believe that God will handle them in His own way. Therefore, your part is to submit to His will and trust Him, even if you are facing troubles.

God will not act favorably on our part if unforgiveness is in our heart. Therefore, we should let go of that even though it might be very hard for some people to do.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”(1 John 1:9).

If we want God to act on our behalf, then we should trust Him and let go of worry and fear.


Keep in mind that the expression does not negate the fact that we don't technically "let" God do anything. God does what He pleases,” according to Psalm 115:3.

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God will step in to help you only after you have let go of the above things. God will not barge in while you are trying to do things on your own. Therefore, you have a choice to try to handle your problems on your own and fail, or you can turn things over to God and allow Him to work alone.

Let God show His power, and let God become your top priority.

When you let God, you are submitting fully to Him. You are letting go of whatever we've been trying to do on our own so God can do what only He can do.

Surrendering to God is literally giving up. It is showing God that we are not big enough to deal with our problems, and He must take over.

When we let go, we give God room to be powerful in our lives. Giving it to God means putting your complete trust in God to work things out for your good. Ultimately, it is God's will and not your own that brings about a solution to a problem.

Let God Have Control

God is already in control. We need to recognize His authority, get out of His way, and let Him take over.

Let God Have Your Worries, Doubts, and Fears

Worry can literally affect not only our minds and hearts, but our bodies too. Let God have all your worries. That includes worries about your relationships, jobs, health, finances, your future, and everything that concerns you.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.” (Matthew 6:34)

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

What "Let Go and Let God" Doesn’t Mean

Admittedly, "Let go and let God" is rich advice and encouragement, but we shouldn't leave everything in God's hands. Letting go is not taking the lazy approach.

There are some things we should hold on to instead of letting go. For instance, we should not let go of accountability when we turn things over to God. We should not let go of our spiritual disciplines such as Bible reading, praying, praising, worshiping, and meditation.


Letting go and letting God is a choice. You can do your part to let go by starting each day with prayer, Bible reading, praising God, worship, and meditating

You let God by getting out of the way and letting Him have complete control over your worries, doubts, and fears.

Stop trying to do things on your own because you won't succeed. Besides, if you could do it, you would have done it by now.

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