I can’t remember who it was who said, ‘if you never let go of what it is that you are holding on to, you’ll never be able to get hold of anything new or better’; well something like that anyway.

It’s true, isn’t it? From a practical perspective, if you don’t open your hand and let go of whatever it is that is currently filling the cavity of your palm, you will never be able to grab hold of whatever else is coming, because your fist is literally closed.

And isn’t this the first lesson that we learn when we get onto the monkey bars? If we don’t let go of this rung that we are holding on to right now, we will never be able to swing forward and grab hold of the next rung; and that will leave us stuck, dangling precariously from our perch; and in time? … Well, you get the picture.

So the moral of the story is, sometimes you just need to let go.

Now, while this may seem like a simple and even glaringly obvious rule to live by on the playground, it’s not as easy to practice what we preach in real life. In life, the reality is, we have a natural propensity to grab hold of what we have, fearing that if we ever let go of it, it will just disappear and we would have nothing left. So we cling on to it as if our lives depended on it.

But ironically, hanging on to the things that we have, leave us with as much comfort and security as hanging on to that middle monkey bar rung; we know we don’t have the strength to hang on for much longer, yet we are too afraid that if we do let go, we won’t be able to swing far enough to reach the next rung, and then, the last memory we will have is of us clutching air before we land on life’s play sand with a great thud.

But you know beloved, for us who have put our faith in Jesus; for us who have consequently been made the beloved children of our Heavenly Father, we never need to have this fear; because when it is time to let go, you can be sure that Jesus will be standing right in front of you with His arms outstretched saying, ‘Jump, jump and I’ll catch you.’

Remember when Jesus was tested in the desert? One of the things that Satan said to Jesus was this;

“Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:
‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’
‘In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’” Matthew 4:5-6

Was he wrong? Well, no. Because the section of scripture that was quoted was from this famous Psalm of protection, Psalm 91;

“Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.” Psalm 91:9-13

Indeed, because we have made the Lord our refuge and our dwelling place, angels have charge over us, to bear us up, lest we dash our feet against a stone. So there is protection for us when we fall.

But that doesn’t mean that we should take advantage of that and deliberately jump from the comfortable circumstance that our Father has given us; or tall buildings for that matter; just to see if He’ll really do what He said He will. Notice how the Psalm says

‘For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.” Psalm 91:11

Their charge is to keep us in all our ways, or as the Amplified translates it,

“For He will command His angels in regard to you,
To protect and defend and guard you in all your ways [of obedience and service].” Psalm 91:11 [AMP]

You will be protected, defended and guarded as you go about your days, doing all the sensible, obedient things that our Father has put into your hands. This is not meant to license acts of self-destruction. Because apart from the sheer lunacy of doing something stupid like throwing oneself off a tall building without a parachute, such an act stems from doubt and not trust; doubt that our Father really is that good, doubt that He can and/or He will do what He said He will; and that’s not the kind of relationship that our Father wants to have with us.

So if you are nicely settled, if you are content at home, please don’t walk out of the family; if you love your job, please don’t quit. Don’t take all you have and throw it all away just to see if your Father in Heaven will keep to His word. Remember what Jesus has to say about attitude like this?

“Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’”” Matthew 4:7

But what if you’re unhappy at work? What if you are vexed because you have been made to do things against your conscience? What if your circumstance and situation have been taking a toll on you? What if you feel like you have scarcely enough energy to hang onto the middle rung of life’s monkey bars and you are about to fall off? What should you do then?

Well, if that is you, then this is what Jesus has to say to you.

“Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”” Matthew 19:21

Or simply put, let go.

You see, life has an insidious way of lulling us into thinking that everything that we need, needs effort to be acquired. No, I’m not saying that we should now all sit under trees and wait for fruit to fall in order to be fed. Of course there is a place for work, but work should not consume us and make us think that the only way for good to happen to us is for us to put in the graft, because that is not the way our Father works.

If we allow ourselves to be fooled into thinking that all things are spawn from our efforts, then we will begin to think like the rich young ruler and this is how we will respond to God.

“Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”” Matthew 19:16

It sounds as if our place in Heaven can be bought, doesn’t it? But what is the truth?

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God,…” John 1:12

Our status as children of God was not earned, it was given; spawn not from human effort, but from divine grace.

And because of that, all that we need, all that we want, all those blessings that we desire, there is really only one thing to do;

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8

Yes, all we need to do is ask. Because when we ask, we get. And this is because Jesus has said,

“…whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14

Why? Well because

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11

But here’s the rub.

If you are holding on to that crappy job that drains you mind, body and soul, and you refuse to leave, how can you accept the new position that Jesus has lined up for you when it comes?

If you don’t want to move from the house that you are living in, despite the pest infestations and rubbish neighbors, how can you move into the better home that our Father has built for you?

If you don’t want to step out of that abusive relationship that you are in right now, or at least seek help to improve the situation, how long do you think you can hold onto that rung before you feel your fingers slip and you fall head-long from life’s monkey bar?

No, beloved child of God. When life is draining you, that’s Jesus’ way of telling you, let go. Remember beloved child of God,

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

Our Father has a plan, just for you. And He knows just how He is going to carry you to the other end of life’s monkey bars; for He Himself said,

“I’ve been carrying you on my back
from the day you were born,
And I’ll keep on carrying you when you’re old.
I’ll be there, bearing you when you’re old and gray.
I’ve done it and will keep on doing it,
carrying you on my back, saving you.” Isaiah 46:3-4 [MSG]

All He ever wanted you to do was ask. And once you’ve asked, let go, and let Him take over.

So let go of that bad situation today and make yourself ready to receive all the good that our Father has in store for you.

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