Something I feel the Lord has been laying on my heart lately is the word “Surrender.” Full surrender to Him. As Christians we might think we have given God full control of our lives. But often this is not the case. Surrender and obedience go hand in hand. When we fully surrender to God, we will be obedient to Him, no matter what He asks of us. And this works the opposite way as well. We will not do things that the Lord doesn’t want us to do. As Christians, it is vital to follow the will of God, no matter what. But many of us make big decisions without seeking God’s will first. Or we might have certain things in our lives or heart that we just don’t want to let go of.
Throughout the pages of the Bible we see so many stories that illustrate how important full surrender and obedience to God is.
Sometimes fully surrendering to God can be difficult. In Genesis 22, God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, the son he had waited a hundred years for. Any of us would have been devastated. And I imagine there are not many of us who would have obeyed. Abraham did obey, though. But of course this was just a test. God stopped Abraham from following through. We too can fully surrender to God even when it is difficult. When we learn to trust Him, we will see that He always has our best interest in mind.
There will be times when fully surrendering to God might not make sense. We might even be asked not to do something that appears to be a good thing. In 2 Samuel 7, David wanted to build a temple for the Lord. This was a great and honorable wish. But God said no because David’s son Solomon would be the one to build the temple. We too have to seek God’s will with big decisions. Even if it seems like a good thing, it might not be God’s will for our lives.
When we don’t surrender to God, we will suffer the consequences. But on the other hand, when we do surrender to God, we will reap the rewards. In Numbers 13-14, when the Israelites were wandering in the desert, they reached the Promised Land. It was God’s will that they would inhabit this area. They sent twelve spies in to check out the land and to assess the people who were living there. When they returned to the camp, ten out of twelve men came back with a sense of fear. They felt that the people who lived there were too strong and powerful for the Israelites to defeat. Yet there were two men, Joshua and Caleb, who had faith that they could take possession of the land. Unfortunately, the ten men spread fear among the rest of the Israelites. Now the whole camp believed the lie that they could not defeat the people living there. In the end, the only two adults out of all the Israelites that entered the Promised Land were Joshua and Caleb.
Just like these men, we have a choice every day. Will we fight the will of God and suffer the consequences? Or will we fully surrender to God and reap the rewards? I hope we can choose the latter.
By the way, if you want to learn more about fully surrendering to God, here is a great sermon by Dr. Charles Stanley. Enjoy!