Surrender: to give oneself up into the power of another.
In order to surrender voluntarily, I need to understand something about the One to whom I am surrendering. What is He like? How will He treat me? Will He at least be fair and just in His treatment of me?In order to surrender voluntarily, I need to understand something about the One to whom I am surrendering. Click To Tweet
So when I consider my surrender, I need to know to whom I am surrendering. My surrender is ultimately to GOD. Take a look at the passages that talk about submission in Scripture. They often remind us of who Jesus is or who GOD is.
They also remind us that our submission to human authorities leads us to our ultimate submission that is to GOD! When we submit to authorities such as church leaders, civic leaders, our husbands, mutual submission to spouses or our parents or bosses, it helps us to understand that ultimately, we are submitting to GOD!They also remind us that our submission to human authorities leads us to our ultimate submission that is to GOD! Click To Tweet
But He is a loving GOD as well as a just One. He is our heavenly Father who delights over us with singing! But He also judges the thoughts and intents of our hearts. He is good. But He is also holy, righteous and just.
So as we submit/surrender to GOD in whatever the situation, we understand the One to whom we are submitting. He is someone we can trust. He is a safe One to surrender to. He can guide us. But He is also mighty and great and much larger than we can imagine. He is holy and righteous and in many ways, not safe and we don’t understand Him. He is described as jealous and terrible as well as loving and kind.
He is GOD. He is too big for us. We can’t tame Him or fully understand Him. But He is the One to whom we must go for life. He has provided a way for us to be able to stand before this holy GOD…and live!
Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution,
whether it be to the emperor as supreme,
or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil
and to praise those who do good.
For this is the will of God,
that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.
Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil,
but living as servants of God.
Love the brotherhood.
Honor the emperor.
Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling,
with a sincere heart, as you would Christ,
not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers,
but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart,
rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man,
knowing that whatever good anyone does,
this he will receive back from the Lord,
whether he is a bondservant or is free.
**I set my timer wrong. Instead of 5 minutes, it was an hour and 5 minutes! It didn’t ring at 5 minutes. Whoops!
Thank you for this reminder that surrendering to authority is a way we show our surrender to God.
i’m being reminded of it again in a study we are doing in I Peter. it doesn’t come naturally for sure. i guess that is why we need GOD’s Word!
I must have tried to leave a comment 3 or 4 times the other day from my phone. My mind was so foggy it probably wouldn’t have made one lick of sense…
Praise God for his amazing attributes that make him trustworthy and faithful, and a bit “unsafe” too.
so true Christy! i guess you were really sick…sicker than you thought. i hope you are making time for yourself to recover. this stuff is nothing to play with…especially if you have a hard time breathing:(
Yes. God is good and kind and just!
it is often difficult to wrap our minds around that isn’t it mandy?
This is the important question! When I had surrender as my word for the year in 2016, I had a lot of fear about surrendering, but it was remembering God’s goodness that helped me to be able to do that more.
it’s so true isn’t it lesley?!