A grapeshot at the individuals advocating the words “Let go and let God”

By Johannes Adriaan Snyman

In his book, Jews, God and History, Max I. Dimont makes the statement that an unhistoric people are acted upon by events and a historic people acts upon events. Dimont goes further to say that the Jews have remained a historic people through the centuries because they have always been active agents instead of passive bystanders.

My question then, how is it possible to be an active agent in a certain situation, challenge or circumstance while at the same time proclaiming to “let go and let God?”

The phrase has through recent time and through most charismatic churches, become a saying so familiar that we hardly even think about the words, where it comes from and its implications on our lives.

If the intention behind the words are, for example meant that a person should in his thought patterns let go of the idea that the person acting, has a certain power over the outcome of a situation, then I fully agree, yet the words in the line “let go and let God,” are so few and can be interpreted in a thousand different ways, of which many can lead to unsound and unhealthy beliefs.

The other argument may be the idea to let go of stress and worry in order for God to come through with an outcome favourable for you, those around you and His glory. It sounds good  but proves only one side of the coin as without a certain amount of stress, we would hardly move an inch in effort to becoming greater in stature and character, which is just as much part of God’s will, defined as the wellbeing of man.

One can very easily, when overwhelmed with the feeling that one has done everything in one power to mend a certain situation, decide to throw off all responsibility, start singing “let go and let God,” sit back and wait for something to happen. One may even, in the name of faith, continue to be busy with the daily chores and work, while passively waiting for that miracle to come through. Should, through the notion, no change come about, or circumstances prove worse, one could very easily be convinced that also the misfortune is the will of God or, sooner or later when the true emotions rise to the surface, even blame God for the calamity.

This brings me to the conclusion that if the world acted out the “let go and let God,” mantra during the Second World War, there would have been a lot fewer Jews around today. There are so many stories which show, even in the broader view of events, one can clearly see the hand of God in World War II, but it was most certainly not with a gathering of nations standing by, waiting for the whole absurdity to play out. There was a vast amount of sacrifices, effort and will power behind the outcome and result of so many prayers.

The Bible clearly repeats that we should trust in God. There is no doubt about that. Jesus also teaches us to not be worried about the daily necessities of life, for it is God who cares for us. I have not however read anywhere in the Word of God, the phrase, “Let go and let God.”