Surrender

Do We Really Trust God With Everything?

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Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you.” Psalm 143:8

As I read this verse from the Psalms a refrain started playing in my head, “All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give. I will ever love and trust Him, in His presence daily live.” Many of us have sung this many times, but do we truly mean the words we are singing? Are we truly willing to surrender everything God? Is our life a reflection of that proclamation?

I realize this verse doesn’t exactly say surrender all to Jesus, but David is saying ‘I trust in You Lord, I give myself to You for I know you will show me where to walk.’ He is saying I trust You enough to give myself over to You.

Our we willing to do as David did and give ourselves to God? Do we really trust Him?

We ask God to give us direction in our lives. I know I do daily, but do you see, in order for God to lead us all the way to where He desires for us to go we have to give up everything to Him, even the good things. Even the dreams and gifts and passions He has given us. I know it sounds crazy and it’s hard, but I honestly would rather entrust God with the dreams He has given me because I know He will take better care of them than I would.

Is it really that important to surrender all to God?

I don’t know what it is that may be hard for you to surrender. It’s different for everyone. It may be friendships, romantic relationships, the financial stability of a good job, talents and abilities that you rely on, or a maybe it is a dream of yours to get married, or to have children, or to own a business. Whatever it is, before we can receive from God we have to surrender these things to Him.

God is willing and desires to use us and take us as far as we are willing to go, but that’s just it, only as far as we are willing. We can say God I give you all of this, but that little thing over there, yeah I can’t give that up. And God’s response is, “That is awesome I will bless and use what you have given me, and use you in great ways, but I can only take you so far because that other thing you’re not willing to give to me, well, it is standing in the way.”

And it may even be a good thing. It may be the desire to be married and do ministry together with your spouse, which is a good thing, but God is asking that we give Him our desires, so that He can bless them and use them in awesome ways. Because when we give that desire to God we are saying God I trust that You will do with this dream whatever is best for me. Surrendering shows God our complete trust in Him. Not surrendering shows God that we don’t know if we trust that He will work everything out for good.

God’s heart breaks when we withhold from Him because He knows that there’s so much more He can give us in exchange.

God will only take us as far as we are willing to go. He doesn’t force Himself upon us. That is why He gave us freewill. He wanted our love for Him to be a choice, not something done out of obligation. Giving ourselves completely to God is a response to His generous, unrelenting, extravagant, compassionate, patient, unending love. So we can rest assured that if we entrust God with everything it will be given back to us with so, so, so much love, and in far better condition than if we were to keep it for ourselves.

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.” Psalm 143:10

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Lose Control

When You Feel Like Giving Up,

Give Control to God

There are people who never really think too much about the future. They love to live in the moment and take things as they come. Then there are those who love to plan. They thrive on knowing what the next step is, and feel crippled without knowing what the future looks like. I happen to fall into the latter category. I love to think about the future.

However, I have found myself at a bit of a standstill. I thought I knew how life would be turning out for me right now. I had all these plans for life after I graduated college, but now I find myself feeling stuck without knowing where it is God is leading me next. It turns out that God had different plans.

All I hear from people is “What are your plans now?” And I my honest answer is “I have no freaking clue!”

Sure I have dreams and visions for things God has placed on my heart, but what do I do in the meantime? It’s like I’m looking at a map trying to get from point A to B, but I have no idea where B is.

I have realized that many times we or should I just say I, (I don’t want to assume anything about you) see God as this big guy in the sky who sees and knows all and is going to tell me exactly where I need to go and what I need to do. He has a specific plan for my life, so he should just tell me what’s next, right? You know, give me a little preview of the next year or so because I can’t plan for the future when I don’t know the future. But that’s just it, I’m not God, and I don’t know the future. To ask God to show me every little detail would be insulting to Him. I wouldn’t need faith then. I wouldn’t need to trust that He has everything under control, and that He is walking beside me and ahead of me.

It is really hard to give up control. I’m reminded of that all the time in even small things, but as I think about it, giving control to God is so much better than taking control myself. He has a perfect track record.I on the other hand, well, I’ve definitely made my share of bad choices. It is in times like I am in now where I need to remember that I’m not always going to have clear answers, and that God doesn’t always tell us exactly what is coming next or what to do. David wrote in Psalm 37,

Trust in the Lord and do good;

Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.

Delight yourself in the Lord;

And He will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord,

Trust also in Him, and He will do it.

He will bring forth your righteousness as the light

And your judgment as the noonday.

Rest in (surrender yourself to) the Lord and wait patiently for Him.”

Psalm 37:3-7

Some words that stood out to me in the passage were, trust, do good, delight, commit, rest in, and wait patiently. It all comes back to trusting God. It takes trust to give up control to Him. It takes trust to wait for His timing. It takes trust to commit our ways to God. It takes trust to remain faithful to Him. Trust is essential. To trust means to be unquestioning, unguarded, unwary, and even childlike. Why do you think Jesus said to have faith like a child? Because they trust without question. This world can be cruel to us, so it causes us to be wary and guarded, but with God we can let down our walls. We don’t need to worry about whether or not He has our best interest at heart because He always has, and always will.

When God changes plans we need to remember that it is for the best. We have to remember that there is always a reason, even if we can’t see or understand. Just like for me, I thought I would be headed down a different path than I am today, but apparently God had different plans for me, and even when I don’t understand how these plans will work out right now, I need to trust Him because He has never failed me.

Are there things that are holding you back from fully trusting and committing to God? What areas in your life do you need to surrender to God and trust Him in?

Take a minute to write some things down, and when you’re ready, give them up, so God can take complete control. It may take days or months. I know for me it’s a daily thing I have to remember and there are some things that are really difficult to surrender, but we can be reminded that God wants only the best for us. “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

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