One of the most rewarding things we can do in life is surrender. Wave the white flag. Give up.
No, surrender doesn’t make us a coward. It means we’ve finally come to realize that we can’t fix everything. When we reach the end of ourselves and surrender to God we find a peace. It doesn’t mean that nothing ever bothers us again, but we know that He knows the end from the beginning. Whatever it is that is causing us turmoil, making us lose sleep, and giving us a severe headache is easily understood from His perspective. He can see what will happen. He wants the best for us. Sometimes giving us the best will mean that we will suffer in this life. Yet, if we can surrender even in suffering, there is a peace to be had.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
2 Corinthians 1:7
And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Peace that passeth all understanding doesn’t make sense to those who aren’t filled with the Holy Spirit. They couldn’t understand the martyrs singing praises when they were about to be burned at the stake. Most of us in first world countries, will never have to experience what the martyrs did. Yet, we have our own forms of suffering. To us, our suffering is immense. It seems to have no end. We don’t know how to escape.
When a child loses their way, a loved one passes to the next life, illness hits close to home, or a chronic debilitating disease brings us to our knees, we have a choice. We can hang on and use all our energy to fight or we can surrender. The popular breast cancer motto “fight like a girl” is cute and inspiring, but it doesn’t bring us closer to God. Surrender does. I don’t suggest that we surrender to our difficulties, but rather that we surrender to our God. He is greater than any difficulty we are going through. He made the mountains, He can help us to climb them. So instead of fighting like a girl, surrender like a child. Surrender to your Father and He will climb the mountains with you. He will bring you through your difficulties. The peace we get from surrendering everything to Him is something that can’t be adequately described. It can only be experienced. Give it a try and experience it for yourself.
If you’d like to share your thoughts on surrender, please do so in the comments below.
(All verse references are taken from the Authorized Version of the Bible, commonly referred to as the King James Version.)
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