Bible Verses About Letting Go To Give It To God

Do you ever have trouble letting go of things?

  • letting go of the past?
  • letting go of control?
  • letting go of someone you love? 

We need to be armed with Bible verses about letting go because if we don’t it can cause of lot of tension and anxiety. Our minds like to play the “what if” game. And so we dream up all kinds of things that usually never happen.

The good thing is that our Heavenly Father already knows the future and has a plan. We can give it all to Him and have the peace of God.  

Bible verses about letting go of the past

Many of us have things in our past that we wish had never happened. Painful memories often haunt us, causing a sense of inferiority. 

  • Past mistakes
  • A traumatic experience
  • Embarrassment over less-than-perfect performance

The more we replay these moments in our heads, the harder it becomes to let go of them and give them to God. 

What does the Bible say about letting go of the past?

The Apostle Paul talked about letting go of former things that hold us captive. We can’t reach a future goal if we are always looking back. (Philippians 3:13-14). 

“One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,  I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” ESV

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1 ESV

Photo of thoughts from Romans 8:1, one of the Bible verses about letting go.
Bible verses about letting go – Romans 8:1

You are not your past. It was an event and is over. You can’t change it. But you can learn from it. 

So many things could fall under the category of traumatic experiences.

  • Witnessing a tragedy
  • Being bullied by someone’s words
  • A life-changing accident or illness

I am sure you could add to this list. Traumatic experiences can be hard to let go of. Strong emotions create chemical responses in the brain.

Often there is also the question of, “What if I had done something differently,” and with it comes feelings of guilt. 

Traumatic experiences often leave us feeling broken. It is at these times that we need to find our comfort in the one who knows all about pain, bullying, and physical trauma. Jesus endured all of these when he lived here on earth.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. ” Psalm 46:1-3 ESV

Bible verses about letting go – Psalm 46:1-3

While embarrassment does not harm us physically, it can haunt us for “being so stupid”. It eats away at our identity.

“In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me!” Psalm 31:1

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.,” 1 Peter 5:6-7 ESV

Let God take care of people’s perceptions of you. When we are yielded to God, when He is what is most important to us, we don’t have to be worried about being embarrassed. It actually helps us to be humble, which is a good thing.

Bible verses about letting go of control

It is human nature to want to control circumstances or the people around us. Why? Because loss of control feels like everything will fall apart and we will be left hanging. 

In the Bible, there are some examples of women trying to control circumstances, taking matters into their own hands. They chose to run ahead of God only to create more complicated situations they would later regret. Being a control freak almost never works out well

For just a moment put yourself in this lady’s shoes.

Sarah was really old, had never been able to get pregnant, and now was way past menopause. What would be your first reaction if at this point in your life, God told your husband you were going to have a baby?

Sometimes we place Bible characters on a pedestal when they were human just like us. Sarah’s reaction to this news was laughter. Had God forgotten her situation?

So like many of us today, she began to devise a plan so she could help God out. She thought finding a solution was up to her. Her interference in God’s plan created heartache and grief for generations to come.

You can read the entire account of Sarah and some of the trouble that followed in Genesis 15 – 18.

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,” 1 Peter 5:6

It takes humility to let go of control and let God take care of the details. It is the recognition that our plans and ways of doing things are inferior to God’s plans. 

“The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.” Lamentations 3:25

“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”Isaiah 40:31

Bible verses about letting go – Lamentations 3:25, Isaiah 40:31

Trying to hang on to control makes us weary. Waiting for God gives us strength. Take to heart these Bible verses about letting go to wait on God.

Bible verses about letting go of someone you love 

So who in your life have you had to let go of? Often the circumstances surrounding someone leaving are unbearable. It can be one of the hardest things to deal with. 

  • Letting go of a loved one to death
  • Letting go of someone to divorce or abandonment
  • Letting go of a wayward child 

There are several ways that we have trouble letting go of our loved ones.

When a loved one is dying

All too often a married person is unwilling to let their spouse die, putting the sick one under a great sense of guilt when their bodies just can’t hardly hang on any longer.

The healthy spouse may refuse to let the dying spouse have hospice care because it seems like giving up. But it is the kindest thing to do for those who are dying.

With hospice their terminal symptoms are managed well, making the transition so much easier. And truthfully, many patients live much longer than predicted due to the excellent care they receive.

When a loved one is gone

Initially, it is understandable that the one left behind almost stops living when their loved one is gone. Or they may refuse to accept death as reality. People go through a period of shock and denial in these initial stages.

But It is not healthy for us to stay here forever. At some point, we have to begin to understand who we are without our loved ones, especially if much of our identity is wrapped up in them.

Support groups are extremely helpful in letting go of loved ones. So are Bible verses about letting go in difficult circumstances.

Many of us have been abandoned by someone we thought would be our life partner. Many others were abandoned by a parent.

These seem like such cruel moments in life. They can easily make us angry and bitter. Yet these feelings will destroy us if left unchecked.

“Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.” Psalm 27:10 NLT

“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8 ESV

God knows when we have been abandoned or rejected. Our continued anger and bitterness is trying to hang onto the problem. We must let go and give it to God. The first step is to decide to forgive, and not try to get revenge.

 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Romans 12:19 ESV

Decide now to let God take care of the person who abandoned you. The prisoner it sets free is you.

Wayward children can cause a horrible tug-of-war in your emotions. At one moment you might feel like it is all in God’s hands, and the next you are trying to control that child, only to be disappointed.

In the parable of the prodigal son, the Father let the child leave. Seriously, you can’t make a teenage child stay. Sometimes even younger ones run away from home.

As much pain as it causes to a mom and dad to have this happen, we have to remember that these children do not belong to us. They will have to answer to God for their actions.

Some children simply will not respond to us or to God until they have hit rock bottom.

17 When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! 18 I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’

20 “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.” Luke 15:17-20 NLT

Sometimes we have to let God take care of our wayward children. Is it hard? Of course, it is. We want so desperately to engineer some circumstance to make them come back. The truth is, it is not within our power.

So keep watching. Keep praying. Then give it to God.

Learning to let go

I have to admit that difficult times are hard to deal with. Personally, I have had moments when everything in me was screaming, “Take control.”  But letting go of the many things that we really can’t change is a sign of spiritual growth.

As hard as it may seem, we can do difficult things because of Christ’s power. 

“Therefore if any man (or woman) be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (King James Version – explanation added)

We no longer have to live according to our old nature. God has given us everything we need to live a Godly life. 

“By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence..” 2 Peter 1:3 NLT

So how do we learn to let go?

  1. Learning to trust God
  2. Changing our thought patterns
  3. Learning to forgive
  4. Letting God use our situation for good
  5. Learning to be grateful

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him (God), and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV.

Have you ever noticed how when driving on a curvy road the speed limit drops? That is because if you try to drive full speed there is a good chance you could lose control of your car. 

Those situations that you are battling are like curvy roads. When we learn to trust God with our plans, He makes our situations more bearable so we don’t lose control. 

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19

“You (God) keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you._ Isaiah 26:3

You wont be negative and grasping for control when you are focused on God and all He has blessed you with

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned[a] and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9

Unforgiveness is a prison that progresses to anger, resentment, evil speaking about the perpetrator, desire to get revenge, and finally bitterness. It poisons us. It is a downhill spiral that destroys relationships, first with God, and then with everyone around you. 

What does the Bible say about letting go and forgiving?

” … Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.” Hebrews 12:15 NLT

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.” Ephesians 4:31 NLT

If you are having a hard time forgiving others, it may just be that you are believing some misconceptions about what forgiveness is about. 

We know from God’s word that Satan will take every opportunity to get us to believe lies about what God knows will help us. 

Learning to forgive is part of God’s plan. It will give us peace about the hard times that we have or will face. And the good thing is that we don’t have to figure out how to do it.

Once we decide to forgive, we can do it through the power of Christ living in us. The Spirit of God is ready and willing to give us everything we need to live a Godly life, including the power to forgive. 

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

This is one promise from God that will revolutionize how we look at the past hurts and the present struggles that life throws at us. It will turn negative emotions into thoughts of peace. 

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18 ESV

Do you look at life from a glass-half-empty perspective, or a glass half full? The good thing is that when we have the right spirit, a spirit of gratitude, God will fill our glass when we need it. 

“Rejoice always,  pray without ceasing,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV

The love of God is bigger than whatever we are feeling or experiencing. The tender mercies of God are new every morning. The forgiveness of sins is a precious gift from our Good Father.

Our needs will never exceed His ability to provide, even if we are walking through the valley of the shadow of death. Even in that situation, we have the promise of eternal life for those who have trusted in Jesus Christ as their Saviour. 

If you are having trouble finding things to thank God for, you should find this article helpful: Things to thank God for that will never change. 

A Prayer for letting go to give it to God

Heavenly Father, 

I confess to you that I have a hard time letting go of things. O, Lord, I know that is not your way, but it just feels so chaotic, like everything will fall apart if I don’t hang on.

I know there are many Bible verses about letting go. Help me to make those verses personal so that I can give my problems and feelings to you.

Thank you that there is nothing I will ever go through that you have not experienced yourself when you lived here on earth.

I am ever so grateful that you remember our humble beginnings, being made from the dust. I stumble and fall but you pick me up and help me to keep moving forward.

Remind me often that I don’t have to hold onto things that I have no control over. Thank you that you ultimately control all things.

In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

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