Over recent months, I have been challenged to “submit” to God. Every day. In every way.
Like hit the floor in the morning, on my knees, thanking Him for the day and submitting it to Him.
It’s been life-changing, life-giving, and life-challenging.
Some days it seems my heart is just bent toward Him and posed to submit, knowing and trusting Him with all of me and my day.
But more often than not, as I approach my favorite chair for my quiet time, I have to remind my heart that He is worth submitting to and what I feel like is not an option.
It seemed like such a simple practice to add into my morning quiet time. Just take a minute, bend the knee, praise God for His creation, the new day, and let Him know that I submit.
Little did I know until I started this practice how often my heart is fiercely independent and wants it own way. This seemingly small act has really caused me to pause and evaluate what is going on in my heart.
I can think of many excuses as to why my heart is struggling and doesn’t want to cooperate.
The stress of job hunting and long-term unemployment. Maybe it’s a feeling of resentment that has seeped in after seeing others move forward, and we appear to be moving backwards.
And to be brutally honest, maybe…just maybe, I’m holding a little grudge against God some days because He hasn’t fixed this situation yet or many others that I have been praying for.
One thing I am learning though is that God is always willing to show me what is going on in my heart if I am willing to listen. Always. Not with condemnaion. Not with scorn or dislike. Just plain and simple revelation to the barrier(s) I have resurrected that keeps His peace at bay.
And I am so thankful that as I remain obedient to bend the knee and surrender, my heart softens and peace ensues.
Recently, Beth Moore, posted a series of Tweets that went like this.
Here’s the thing. Jesus already knew every bit of that was going to happen. He also knows what He can do with it. It’s up to you to let Him.
At times we resist restoration and refuse to let anything meaningful come from it to spite God for letting it happen. To teach Him a lesson.
Even then Jesus loves us, bears us up, longs to do us good. Wrestle it out. Have a holy fit. Scream out your devastation but let Him back in
— Beth Moore (@BethMooreLPM) October 28, 2015
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I need someone to flat out speak truth to me. There are few family and friends who I allow to do that because I know they can be trusted to share truth in love. And then there are times God uses a well-known bible study teacher to plant some truth in my heart. This was one of those times.
No matter what is going in our lives, our circumstances, our families, our broken hearts, He is still God. We may have to “wrestle it out” or “have a holy fit” but we must then surrender. He is good. He is big enough to handle you and me and our day. He is worthy of our trust.
Submit to God. Every day. In every way.