“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me” (John 14:1).
Throughout the Bible, there are small words that make powerful impacts upon our lives. Consider the word “Let”. To “let” means that we have a responsibility in a given matter. It means that we must give permission or allow the opportunity for God to do something in our lives, or through our lives, that He desires to see happen.
When God says, “Let,” He is telling us that there is no reluctance on His part to see something happen. Therefore, it is up to us to humble ourselves before Him and respond to His command appropriately.
Here are some of the “Lets” we find in the Bible:
- Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God (1 John 4:7).
- Dear children let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth (1 John 3:18).
- Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator (1 Peter 4:19).
- Yet if, anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter (1 Peter 4:16).
- 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).
Isn’t it wonderful that we have a God who never imposes anything of Himself on us. That He always gives to us the word “let.” This is a God who created the entire universe and all that is in it, yet He humbles Himself so to give us a “choice.” Good post Noel and thanks for sharing. God Bless, SR
Thanks Tatum. I am Looking forward to seeing you in heaven. God blesses.
“a God who never imposes anything of Himself on us”
“gives us a “choice.””
Never imposes? A choice?
‘when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, separated from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might…’
2 thessalonians 1
How true, how true, but we still have the “choice” to choose God’s will or not to. God will never impose His will upon us. We have the “choice” to accept God’s love or not? Even to believe in Him is our choice, and to obey Him or not. That is not to say there are not consequences for our “wrong” choices. The Scripture you gave is the “consequence” for the wrong choice.
If God imposed Himself upon us, that would make Him a “tyrant” and that God is not. Now is He a God of “justice?” Of course. As Noel said, “We have a responsibility” in all matters concerning our Lord. Thanks for response and God Bless, SR
‘God will never impose His will upon us.’
Is this true? The passage says: he will inflict vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.’
That’s imposing his will no?
Do we always have a choice? The Bible says that God “hates” certain people – what hope do they have?
Hello S.R. You never cease to inspire me with your words. You have raised an excellent point here–no surprise. Indeed, God never imposes anything on us. He gives us the option to opt out at our peril. But even when we opt out, like the prodigal son, He does not close the door behind us. He left it open.
Thank you so much for stopping and honestly sharing what God laid on your heart. God blesses.
“Let” us all rejoice in our Lord; giving thanks and praise. “Let” us make a joyful noise unto the Lord….”Let” us come before His presents with singing: Psalms 100.
Amen! God gives us choice but there are consequences if we made the wrong choice.
Thanks so much for visiting and sharing your thoughts, Michael. God blesses.
It is so true, Noel, our choices may have grave consequences. So important therefore to submit fully to God’s choices and plans for our lives. In doing so we can leave the consequences to Him.
I enjoy visiting your site and will continue to do so.
May the God of Abraham. Isaac and Jacob bless and keep you my friend all the days of your life. Shalom!
Thank you. You know I was thinking about this, this morning and I thought “Even in God’s wrath/justice there is still mercy.” A few examples I thought about was Adam and Eve how God sewed them their garments. How God saved the remnants of Israel. How He coughed Jonah up out of the whale. How He repented for what He was going to do to man. God actually repented several times in the Bible! Our Lord Himself repented!!! How when He looks at us He looks at us through the “Eyes of the Cross.” The Cross is His Mercy. He loves us so much, that there is still mercy from God, even when He is angry or upset with us. Isn’t that wonderful??? Thanks for the post that led me to these thoughts today! God Bless, SR
Indeed! Sometimes we allow the old man to creep back into our lives and control our thoughts. Instead, we should let go and let God.
Thanks so much for stopping that wonderful thought. God blesses.
I immediately thought of “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom” Colossians 3:16 and “Let this mind be in you which is also in Christ Jesus” Philippians 2:5
What an amazing life we would experience if we “LET” God work according to the plan He has for us! – and more importantly, how many others would we reach with the Gospel as His light shines forth from us?
(I also like the little word ‘but’ – especially ‘but God’)
Hello Angela! Happy Easter when it comes. It is always a pleasure to hear from you.
Indeed! We serve an amazing God. He grants mercy when we we deserve death. The apostle writes the following: “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus”( Ephesians 2:4-6).
Thanks so much Angela, for stopping and sharing your thoughts. God blesses.