Learning to Surrender (by Gary Roberts)

“Because you say so, I will.” Luke 5:5

Surrendering to God is not weakness, its wisdom. Only a fool resists God, because it’s a fight you can’t win. It’s in surrendering to God that you are empowered to succeed in what God’s called you to do. Surrender is demonstrated by obedience. It’s saying, “Yes, Lord” to whatever Jesus may ask. How can we call Jesus “Lord” and refuse to obey Him?

Peter demonstrated surrender when Jesus told him to try again. “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your Word I will let down the net.” And the Bible says that when they had done this they caught a great number of fish. Like Peter people who surrender to the voice of God and obey God even when it doesn’t seem to make sense succeed in life.

Abraham followed God without knowing where it would take him. Hannah waited on God’s timing without knowing where it would take her. Hannah waited on God’s timing without knowing when the child would be born. Joseph trusted God’s plan without knowing why circumstances happened as they did that put him in jail. Mary expected a miracle without knowing how God would act.

Each fully surrendered to God and in each was fulfilled the promise of God. How will I know I’m fully surrendered? When you rely on God to work things out instead of trying to manipulate others or force your own agenda or control the situation. You don’t have to be in charge, you simply let go and let God direct your path.

When you do things God’s way instead of your own way, you experience three benefits: First, you have peace and things will go well for you. Second, you have freedom as you offer your ways to God. Third, you are given power to resist the devil and when you do he will flee.

Temptations and problems that seem to overwhelm you are defeated by Jesus the moment you surrender. As Joshua approached the walls of Jericho he encountered God, fell down and worshiped, surrendered his plans and said, “What does my Lord say to His servant?” Joshua’s surrender led to a spectacular victory.

The paradox is that victory comes through surrender. Surrender doesn’t weaken you, it strengthens you. Surrendered to God, you don’t have to fear surrendering to anything else. The founder of the Salvation Army said, “The greatness of a man’s power is in the measure of his surrender.”

Everybody surrenders to something. If not to God, you’ll surrender to the opinions or expectations of others, or to money, or to resentment, or to fear, or your own lusts or ego. You are free to choose whatever you surrender to but you’re not free from the consequences of your choice.

Someone said, “If you don’t surrender to Jesus, you surrender to chaos.” The supreme example is Jesus. The night before His crucifixion Jesus surrendered to God’s plan, saying, “I want Your will Father, not mine.” Let Jesus be your example.

Let us pray: O God sometimes I’m fearful to set out into the deep even at Your calling. Sometimes I just want to have it made – have it easy – just let things be – and then I hear Your still small voice calling me to deeper waters – give me the courage I need to trust You and to be willing to surrender at Your calling. This I pray in the Name of the One who heard You and obeyed without question – Jesus. Amen.


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