Surrendering to God’s will is not easy. It means we have to relinquish control and trust that He is working all things good for His glory.
A few weeks ago, a beautiful three-year-old girl that I know was diagnosed with cancer out of nowhere. One day she is being her normal spunky self then all the sudden falls ill and it turns into a tumor in her neck.
I can’t even imagine what the mother is going through. Her mind must be so puzzled as to why God would allow something like this to happen. I mean, my brain can’t even wrap my mind around this either. But that’s not the point of this blog post.
God Is In Control of Everything
I asked a few people in my women’s bible study to pray for this little girl. During the prayer, they asked God to heal her but only if it was His will. My heart immediately hardened at the thought that something like this could be His will. Why the heck would I pray something like that? I want to just pray for the healing part and not let Him totally have control of the outcome.
I think this applies to other aspects of my life as well, not being fully committed to surrendering to Christ. Have you ever said to God, “I know your plan is right and good but it doesn’t align with what I want so I’m going to sit here until you fix this or come up with something better?”
“He is before all things, and by Him, all things hold together.” Colossians 1:17.
The enemy loves when we try to control things without God. When difficult times come into our lives, we take charge of our circumstances and try to control the outcomes. However, the more we make an effort to control the outcomes, it actually makes us less and less in control. God in His goodness is waiting there patiently for us to reach out to Him.
Surrendering To God’s Will
Surrendering to God’s will means letting go of whatever is holding us back from seeing His faithfulness. God’s perspective and plan are far greater than anything we can imagine. He knows more than we do and has every detail of our life under control. He has not left us alone. When we surrender to His will, He gives us the peace that settles our hearts and gives our minds rest.
Example Of Surrendering To God
Jesus, coming in human form, felt the same anxieties that we often feel when we are going through trials and hardships. He was fully aware of the suffering that awaited Him.
“Father, if You are willing, take this cup away from Me—nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be done.” Luke 22:42.
Jesus is our example of surrendering to God. He asks if God will remove the pending judgment and crucifixion from him, but that he doesn’t want his will to be done, but the Father’s. He resolves his struggle in favor of doing God’s will, which was always His focus. Jesus knew that He was a crucial part in fulfilling God’s plan to save humanity from their sins.
How To Surrender to God Completely
Go to God and tell him about your struggles with surrender because He has called us to lay it before Him. Ask God to help you trust in Him deeply and surrender to His will. Praying “your will be done” acknowledges God’s sovereignty over everything. Through prayer, you will learn how to surrender to God completely. You can read more about that here.
“But those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31.
When we call on God, He responds to us. God longs to hold us and comfort us. Therefore, we can hand over our worries with confidence and fully surrender to God. In turn, we will be filled with His love, peace, grace, and mercy.
Our goal is not perfect health and happiness while we are here on earth, but a resurrected body and heavenly dwelling in the life to come. The hope of His glory gives us the strength to move forward and humbly give it all over to Him. Trust God by surrendering to His will. He knows what He is doing.
Will you let God take control and dominate your life?