When all we’ve known is busy, rest feels like something to be resisted. When all we’ve known is bondage, blessings feel foreign. So Pastor Steven is teaching us how to say, “I’m not going back to normal, I’m looking forward to freedom,” as we all loosen our grip on the things we never had control over anyway. In Exodus 14 we see that it took a lot to get the people of God free from what had them trapped. As we look to Romans 12 we find out that the most important lesson in letting go comes from the inside out. God doesn’t want us to conform (outside in) any longer to the pattern of this world, but instead to be transformed (inside out) by the renewing of our minds.
While many of us are trapped inside our homes, we’re also trapped inside old thought patterns, old habits of dealing with stress, old patterns of how we treat each other. We’re trapped in fear because of a volatile stock market, we’re stressed trying to homeschool our kids, trying everything we know to get back to normal. But as Pastor Steven puts it in this sermon, “Let God homeschool you right now!” After all, God says in Hebrews 12, that He is shaking off everything that can be shaken so that what cannot be shaken [The Kingdom Of God] will. Embrace this “Lesson In Letting Go” so we can stop dwelling on what’s lost and watch Him bless what’s left.