Far too often the two above phrases cross each other. We are a forbidden creature if we ever believe we are giving up on anything. We are sent to the gallows of weakness and pits of futility by those who deem we are useless for the mention of quitting. Far be it from the minds of one who professes such a judgment until the day of their own redemption.
The thin line of giving up or letting go has been misconstrued, distorted and placed on a garbled shelf and left for dead. The truth is the two are separate when God is involved.
Understanding God is paramount to letting go verses giving up.
Isaiah 55: 8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.”
Road blocks, closed doors, stop signs, etc. can all be useful ways God is telling us to “let go.” Pushing the limits of human nature is just that; limits. God is not limited. If we are walking into a shut door we are most likely going to end up with a broken nose, cracked face or a badly bruised noggin.
I see those as signs that God has a better way; a wider yellow brick road of discovery or a great big surprise!
As we push and push and push in our own human qualities hoping for the conclusion we dreamed of only for it to fall apart at the seams is a sure sign something isn’t right. There is always another way in God’s world of wisdom. We have to get into the habit of checking our Spirit before we move or push or fall from exhaustion out of pride.
After years of not understanding those who qualify themselves and others on the level of “pushing to the limit” I began to question this admirable feat. Being taught to “never give up” on those terms was inbred in me, but when you are driving down the wrong road do you keep going even if you know it is the wrong road? Do you continue simply to say “I am not giving up.”
Maybe it isn’t the wrong road, but not God’s road.
Maybe God had a plan you didn’t ask him about before you started that trip.
The purpose in my deep thinking brain concluded some are more driven than others in certain areas, but it doesn’t matter if God was never consulted to start with. Therefore the idea of giving up is sabotaged on our part without many even knowing they are doing so. The idea of pushing to reach a goal isn’t worth the goal no matter what, how or much we add if God wasn’t the originator of that goal. In other words, not consulting God negates giving up. If God isn’t in it, it ain’t gonna work.
Why would anyone who has a “right” mind fuel themselves with exhaustive behaviors, financial cruelties and involvements of necessity continue that route to accomplish that which could have been done easier, quicker and less costly? I reiterate a person who is in their “right” mind or following God; not one who isn’t. One who isn’t following Christ is more likely to give up and misunderstand they could just give it to God and let him deal with it.
The problems I see are so many doing this claim to be Christians. And……if you remotely bring to their attention you are not “giving up” but “letting God have it” their inclination to impose otherwise begins a heated discussion of wills.
Isaiah 55: 9 “For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.“
Our human limitations have nothing to do with God’s infinite abilities. We are to do as the Spirit leads giving success no matter what our finite means are.
Letting go and giving to God is applying “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” which is not giving up.
He can do what we can’t even when we are trying our best; which is why he is God and we aren’t.