The key word in this very short chapter was surrender. I looked up the word surrender. Merriam-Webster had four definitions for the word.
1. to yield to the power, control, or possession of another upon compulsion or demand
2. to give up completely or agree to forgo especially in favor of another
3. to give (oneself) up into the power of another especially as a prisoner
4. to give (oneself) over to something (as an influence)
What I found more compelling about the word surrender was the synonyms for it…. cede, cough up, deliver, give up, hand over, lay down, relinquish, render, turn in, turn over, yield.
Jesus laid down his life for me. And I cannot seem to let go of what I want for what he wants. It’s crazy, isn’t it? That we think we know what’s best…what we need to do…. never considering that God knows better than us. I think about this actually quite often. What if God called my family to be missionaries? Could we drop everything and go? What if God told us that we needed to tithe the full 10% on a month that we know we are going to be short? Can we step out in faith and trust that God knows what he is doing? Or do we say no, I can’t do that. I know I am guilty of the latter. And you know, it’s not that I don’t trust God….it’s that I am scared. I listen to the serpent from the Garden of Eden…. he tells things that scare me. And so I “feel better”, I don’t do what God asks of me.
I will be reading and rereading this chapter and hope that the Lord helps me to understand what I am to do for him. Help me, Lord, to surrender to you.