Faith Begins by Letting Go ~ Hymn 684

By: Steve Negley

Posted: January 15, 2020

Category: Daily Devotional

Devotional Thoughts Based on the Glory to God Hymnal

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own insight.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths

The biblical book of Proverbs contains wisdom sayings. Chapter after chapter, we find poignant pointers on how to live life. Hymns of faith can do the same thing as the words direct our thoughts to how we might live.

The editors of the Glory to God Hymnal suggest a connection between two different hymns and Proverbs 3:5-6.

One of the hymns is #684 Faith Begins by Letting Go.

The writer of Proverbs reminds us to trust in the Lord (rather than just our own clever musings) and that as we acknowledge God, God will make our paths straight. The hymnwriter defines this trust as a combination of “letting go… holding on … reaching out.”

I have tended to try and figure things out on my own during much of my life. Things become a little clearer, though, when I let go and let God.


God, help me to trust in You today. Help me remember how You have cared for me in the past, and know that my present and future are in Your hands as well. Guide me today. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.