Have you ever been backed into a corner? Maybe you were unjustly accused or forced to take responsibility for something that wasn’t your fault. Perhaps you are facing a great obstacle in your life such as a serious illness or the threat of losing your home or business. Even if you are staring death in the face, I want to encourage you today with the thought that God can turn your circumstances around for good. The key to experiencing His abundant blessing and power in any difficult situation is to relinquish your desire to take control; in other words, you must surrender.
In the Kingdom of God, we are encouraged to do the opposite of what feels right or seems natural. Instead of being closed-fisted or holding onto bitterness, unforgiveness, and our “right” to be angry, He says to hold it loosely, and ultimately, to let it go. This doesn’t mean that we lose hope or that we stop trying to make something better, but we first bring it before the Lord and surrender it to Him. It’s okay to be honest about how we feel and even to tell Him that we don’t understand what’s happening or that we’re angry about the way things have turned out. He can handle our emotions and He welcomes our truth; our job is to leave the outcome in His Hands.
Friend, when you give all of your life to the Lord in transparent surrender, He will exceed your expectations and His love will be revealed in a new way — a way that will help you to endure what you are going through. There is too much difficulty in this world to try and handle it on your own, so remember that your future, your sin, your glory, your achievements, your failures, your family, and even your death, are in God’s care. Let go of controlling tendencies, keep your hands open and uplifted to Him, give Him your trials, and watch as He gives you something better in return. Submit your ways to Him and you will indeed live your best life! Isn’t that great news?