by Keith Krell

The Art of Letting Go
Keith Krell
Exodus 2:1-10

I have a confession. I absolutely hate dumb, pious Christian bumper stickers. Let me cite a few examples. ''God is my co-pilot.'' What an embarrassing bumper sticker for most Christian drivers. We are some of the worst drivers anywhere in the world. To place any blame on God is inexcusable. Moreover, God is no one's co-pilot. He is the pilot, the captain, and the King of the Universe. Another common bumper sticker is: ''My boss is a Jewish carpenter.'' This bumper sticker sounds clever; the only problem is Jesus is not a Jewish carpenter. He worked as a carpenter while He was growing up, but at age thirty He became an itinerant preacher. More importantly, Jesus is the Son of God, not a Jewish carpenter. This bumper sticker unintentionally marginalizes Jesus. Or what about this classic: ''Christians aren't perfect, just forgiven.'' While I understand the sentiment behind this cliché, it is really an apology or an excuse for those who do not live like Christians. The thought is: Don't look at me, look at Jesus. Yet, Jesus said that His disciples are to be ''salt'' and ''light'' to the world (Matt 5:13-16). The apostle Paul went so far as to say, ''Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ'' (1 Cor 11:1). However, one of the dumbest Christian bumper stickers of all time is ''Let go, let God!'' This cliché gives the impression that God is responsible to do all the work. Our part is simply to step back and let go. Despite the ridiculous notion of this bumper sticker this cliché literally and physically applies in the story we will study today.

In Exodus 2:1-10, we will be introduced to Jochebed (Yokebed)-the mother of Moses. Jochebed, whose name means ''the Lord is glory,'' learns firsthand the important lesson: Let go, let God. Is this a lesson you need to learn today? If you're like most moms (and dads), probably so. Is it easy to drop your child off at kindergarten for the first time? Is it easy to send yo ...

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