Last night in church we sang the old song “I Surrender All.”
I really had a hard time spitting out the words because, truthfully, I was convicted by them. Right now there are some major decisions up in the air for our family and I haven’t surrendered them… at all.
No, it’s quite the opposite. I have held on to them pretty tight. I have tried to maintain control. I have evaluated and reevaluated. I have mulled over. I have worried. I have talked incessantly (which is always a major indicator that I haven’t surrendered). And I do recognize that my worry is further evidence of my lack of surrender.
Ok. So now what?
Why Should I Surrender?
Jesus says, “I tell you not to worry about your life.” Mt. 6:25
He also says, “So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:33
Who Do I Surrender to?
Cease striving and know that I am God… Ps. 46:10
What Happens After I Surrender?
The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand. Ps. 37: 23-24
This reminds me that God is still in the business of making things happen. It reminds me that in my quietness he can still part seas, defeat enemies, slay giants and overthrow nations. He can still calm storms, heal the dead and redeem the lost. No matter what the challenge of the day is, I am reminded that God is able.
God is able. He is able and so, when my challenge comes I must not surrender some. I must surrender all.