Articles by Stan Dean

Let Go And Let God

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I read an interesting article recently about a lifeguard and the many challenges he faced while serving in that role. Of course, his main duty was to “guard life” which meant that there were times when he had to rescue those who were drowning.

A statement he made about dealing with drowning victims is worth repeating here. He said, “It is quite impossible to rescue someone who is drowning- - when he is trying to save himself. This person is in a panic mode and is fighting so hard that the lifeguard knows the potential exists for the one in trouble to drown them both!” “However,” he added, “if he will allow the lifeguard to put his arm around him and not struggle against him, he can rather easily be pulled to safety.”

When I read this story it reminded me a lot of spiritual struggles. First of all, there comes a time when every accountable person sinks because of sin (Romans 3:23). Then, when we realize our plight, we also realize our need for salvation. But struggle or fight as we may, we are incapable of saving ourselves by our own merits (Ephesians 2:8-9). Thus, we are in need of a savior, and thankfully a Savior we have (Matthew 1:21). However, he will not save as long as we are trying to be our own savior.

Oh, I am aware that Acts 2:40 teaches, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” But reading the full text still illustrates the same point; namely, we save ourselves by surrendering to the will of the Savior. When man tries to reach God by his own devices, he ends up only sinking deeper (cf. Proverbs 14:12). On the other hand, when we surrender to God’s power and will we then allow Him to pull us from death to life (Ephesians 2:1-10).
The lesson here is not a new one- - just one that mankind has wrestled with since the Garden of Eden. It seems the general rule followed has been: “I can handle this by myself!” Whereas, the rule that should be followed is: “Let go and let God.”

Our way or will never get us to heaven (cf. Jeremiah 10:23). Remember the words of Jesus when He said of Himself, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Yes- - let go and let God!

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