Silent partners – holding on and letting go

By Dave Henning / May 25, 2022

“Sometimes holding on and letting go are silent partners. . . .  puzzle pieces that surprisingly fit perfectly together.”- Sheila Walsh

“He stood me on a wide-open field; I stood there saved — surprised to be loved!  GOD made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before him.”- 2 Samuel 20-21 (The Message)

Moving ahead to Chapter 10 (“Let Go!  You Are Being Held”), the final chapter of Holding On, Sheila Walsh states her conviction that letting go and holding on work hand in hand.  Consequently, we let go of what we cannot keep to hold on to our Father.  And our Father will never let us go.

Above all, Sheila underscores, when someone tells you to let go, you need to rely on that person to catch you.  Otherwise, you’ll continue to hold on and not let go.  But when God tells you to let go, you can be sure you will be held.

Warren Wiersbe once wrote:

“The safest place in all the world is in the will of God, and the safest protection in all the world is the name of God.  When you know HIs name, you know His nature.”

Finally, Sheila talks about ten names of God hidden in Psalm 23, one of her favorite psalms.  Sheila covers the first two names today.

1.  Jehovah-Raah (the Lord my Shepherd).  Sheils describes this as one of the most powerful and personal names of God.  Also, this name stands as one of Sheila’s personal favorites. Because God is so tender and loving.

Shepherds in Israel loved their sheep.  Most significantly, when the shepherd gathered the sheep for the night, He’d sleep in front of the pen opening to protect the sheep.

2.  Jehovah-Jirah (the Lord my provider).  We first find this name used for God in Genesis 2:2.  When God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac.  Through his faith, Abraham trusted God’s promise that, through Isaac, his descendants would be as numerous as the stars.

Today’s question: Do you see holding on and letting go as silent partners?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Lay all the broken pieces before God”

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