WHEN WE SURRENDER, WE BEGIN TO SEE
Updated: Jan 28, 2021
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” ~ Isaiah 43: 19
These days everywhere we turn there seems to be a bad report. The toll of the COVID 19 pandemic on mental and physical wellbeing, and the loss of life is constantly playing on our minds. The bomb aftermath in Beirut. The Hurricanes in Texas. The typhoon in North and South Korea. It’s beginning to feel like 2020 is the year where anything that could happen did happen. We’re continuously preparing ourselves for the worst. And yet, God is still in control. He hasn’t left His throne. God sees us in the midst of all that is taking place in the world. If His eye is on a sparrow, we can be certain that His eye is on each one of us as children of God.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows.” ~ Matthew 10: 29 - 31
Nothing can separate us from the love of the Father, neither death nor life (Romans 8: 38). What a powerful statement! That’s our hope. That’s our comfort. No matter what is going on, the love of the Almighty is constant. We are wrapped in the love of God forever. A love that never wavers. What else do we need? Wouldn’t it be great if we replaced “God bless you” with “GOD LOVES YOU”. We need to hear these words more in our culture. The madness of the present moment can eclipse this truth in our hearts. We need that reminder to shift our heart towards love. God loves you. There is no evil that can destroy you.
“A thousand shall fall at thy side and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.” ~ Psalm 91: 7
Worry, anxiety, and fear cause cracks in our faith. It’s hard to hold onto believing while fearful, anxious, and worried. The bible tells us in many ways to surrender our cares to God (Psalm 55: 33, Isaiah 41:13, Matthew 11: 28 - 29, 1 Peter 5: 7). What does it mean to surrender? The definition of surrender is to stop resisting and give oneself up. What does surrender look like? Think about the life of Job, he loses everything. His wealth, health, and children. He couldn’t catch a break. It was one thing after another such that even his closest friends and wife thought surely he should curse God and die. Imagine how bad it has to be, for your spouse and close friends to think, that you were better off dead. But the bible says Job was a righteous man, before trouble and during trouble. Even though Job was in pain and suffering, he maintained his love for God saying these words of faith: “Though he slay me yet will I trust him”(Job 13: 15). Job didn’t know what his future would hold. He had no idea that the latter part of his life would be more blessed than the former (Job 42: 12). The bible says the Lord restored Job’s fortune and gave him twice as much as he had before (Job 42: 10). Even in suffering Job put his trust in God. He surrendered. Surrender is an act of worship. It may seem weak in the eyes of man, but I believe it speaks to the heart of God saying, ‘Jesus take the wheel, I trust you.’
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4: 6 - 7
Scripture tells us that God is always at work. He never sleeps nor slumbers (Psalm 121: 4). God can never drop that ball or fail to attend to things. He is all knowing and all powerful. We are His sheep; the Great Shepherd is always leading us to safety, nourishment, and refreshment. There is nothing that we can lack (Psalm 23). Sheep are never anxious about where they are heading as long as they feel the rod of the shepherd directing them. Sheep are not concerned about danger as long as the shepherd is there. The shepherd protects them and guides them. The majesty of our God can be seen in all of creation. God is ever present (Psalm 46: 1).
“Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.” ~ Psalm 147: 5
How beautiful it is to know that even the things we cannot find the words to say in prayer, God already knows. The things that have left us speechless, God hears. When we feel too weak, the Spirit of God intercedes on our behalf. I love the God we serve! He pours out more love on the despised of this world. The weak, he makes strong (2 Corinthians 12: 9 ). The poor, he makes rich (Matthew 5: 3). The broken-hearted he draws closest to (Psalm 34: 18).
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” ~ Romans 8: 26 - 27
All we need has already been taken care of. Even the things we are not aware we need. Praise God! This is not the end. God is not done with us yet. The later days will be greater than the former days. I love the lyrics of the song, The longer I serve Him the sweeter he grows by Lynda Randle. Behold, He is doing a new thing. Be aware of this. Look for evidence to support this truth. Faith is the substance of things not seen and the evidence of things hoped for (Hebrews 11: 1). The evidence is there!
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.” ~ Isaiah 55: 8 - 9
My prayer: Open the eyes of our hearts Lord, that we may perceive the new thing.
As sheep follow the leading of the shepherd without thoughts of fear, may we follow the leading of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Quick Question: Do you see the new thing that God is doing in your life?
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