Letting Go and Letting God Is A Scary Thing

Letting Go and Letting God Is A Scary Thing

brown and black snake

Exodus 4:1-5

But Moses protested again, “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, ‘The Lord never appeared to you’?”

Then the Lord asked him, “What is that in your hand?”

“A shepherd’s staff,” Moses replied.

“Throw it down on the ground,” the Lord told him. So Moses threw down the staff, and it turned into a snake! Moses jumped back.

Then the Lord told him, “Reach out and grab its tail.” So Moses reached out and grabbed it, and it turned back into a shepherd’s staff in his hand.

“Perform this sign,” the Lord told him. “Then they will believe that the Lord, the God of their ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—really has appeared to you.”


Moses let go and let God and look what it got him...

A snake!

It’s thrilling to read that God turned Moses' staff into a snake.

It’s disconcerting when God tells me to let go of my staff.

My authority.  My strength.  My power.  My protection.  My engagement.

Who knows what will happen when I do?

Only God.


But consider...

We never see the potential of our power unless we have the meekness to give it up when God commands.

The snake was the rod and was always in the rod.

Holding onto situations, secrets, emotions, and money can be profitable or perilous.

woman sitting leaning forehead on knee

Some of us know the perilous side of our power too well. 

All we sense in our hand is danger, so we assert ourselves minimally.

Whichever pair of shoes you’re wearing today—the control freaks or the control shy—Moses shows us the antidote for both issues.



When we make time to stand in God’s presence, He tells us to throw down and pick up. 

Whenever we let go of something He’s challenging us to relinquish, He transforms it and tells us to get a grip on it again.

He can transform whatever we throw before Him into love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. 

Do we have the courage to grab any of those powerful God-traits by the tail?

            What is God asking you to throw down today?


Pastor Joshua


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  1. That was an awesome word Pastor Joshua. Life is full of challenges and we need to keep in mind the awesomeness of our God. Daniel 11:32b

  2. Thanks Joshua, for this timely reminder that I’m not responsible for the outcome but I am responsible for obedience. And when I let go and obey then it allows God to do His miracles on my behalf. Obedience pushes away my self-doubt and my God-doubt. It clears away the confusion and lowers my anxiety and brings me to clarity (on what to do and what Not to do) and to a calming peace and even to a beautiful sense of wonder of “what is God going to do?”. God’s solutions, His miracles, are usually Not what I would expect, I mean who would have thought God’s solution to Mose’s dilemma would have been to give him a snake! I’m learning to delight in God’s interesting and crazy solutions, His miracles, to my situations!

    • You’re so welcome, Eva. Obedience requires a decision to trust–at least for the moment. I think that’s why obedience has a sense of relief to it. You’ve committed to trust enough to obey. And yes, God’s ways are so different than ours, aren’t they? I’m glad to hear that His solutions are creating good things in you!

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