If YHVH is sovereign, what is left for us to do?

I caught this meme below in one of my Facebook groups:

let god

As positive as this kind of message is about how YHVH is sovereign, I believe it is not necessarily a biblical application. These are the kinds of “cotton candy” memes that get shared on social media among groups of believers, but don’t really have any scriptural nutrition.

While it is true YHVH is certainly able to handle any problem we give him, this meme implies that there is nothing else required on the part of the believer at all. Just give all of your problems to God (whatever that means), and you can then relax and do whatever you want.

However, Torah says the following:

Romans 6:19 KJV – I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

2 Corinthians 7:1 KJV – Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Hebrews 12:14 KJV – Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord

Yielding to righteousness, cleansing ourselves, and following holiness with all men involves us doing things, and sometimes hard things. We have decisions to make about what things we endorse and what activities we participate in (or don’t participate in). These should all be based on our prayerful understanding of scripture, and not on our own whims and fancies. Many times some of our deepest problems come from our desire to be a set apart people, and we need to persevere in these things, not just assume YHVH is handling all of the stuff we don’t want to deal with.

1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV – There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

This passage teaches us that while many of our problems stem from temptations, the faithfulness of YHVH is what allows us to bear it and see it through, not just hand it over to him and forget about it. This involves enduring until we have overcome these problems through the strengthening of YHWH.

It’s time for us to grow up in our faith and not just eat cotton candy. Let’s trust YHVH to not just be our all-purpose problem-solver, but let’s trust him to be our strength in our time of need and the light that burns in our lamps while we face our struggles head-on for his kingdom and glory.