I choose to surrender.
In every story of a healing that Jesus did, the first step was the person coming to Jesus, being brought to Him, and surrendering to His love. The blind man, the woman with the hemorrhaging, the paralyzed man who was lowered through the roof, the lepers, and on and on. They came, and they surrendered. They told Jesus what was wrong and that they couldn’t handle it on their own, and they trusted Him to work in their lives.
As she knelt before Jesus on the ground where the Pharisees had thrown her, the woman caught in adultery was at the mercy of Jesus. Had He decided to, He could have thrown the first stone. After all, He was without sin. And yet, He chose to forgive her, to extend mercy, to help her to her feet, renewed because of His love and forgiveness.
This will always be God’s answer to your surrender. “Come, let Me forgive you, let Me heal you, let Me love you.” None of these can happen if you are not surrendered. Remember God wants your ultimate good, and He will allow the world to tear you down until you realize that you need Him. This is not a cruel thing. It is the way to life—real life, eternal life.
Jesus said, “Ask and you shall receive. Seek and you shall find. Knock and it shall be open to you.” Ask. Seek. Knock. That means you’ve got to make the first move. He will never overpower your will. He will never force Himself on you. He gave you free will for a reason. That means you can come to Him, or not. You can ask for His help, or not. You can choose to handle the mountain on your own… or not. It’s your choice. And it always will be.
Dear Lord, I thank You for giving me free will. I admit I have not always used it wisely, and the biggest mistake I have made is believing I have to set my own course and determine how best to get there. I see now that was an error and a lie. Lord, I surrender to You, to Your will, to Your love.
Please sit for a moment and listen to God’s voice in your heart.
Record your thoughts for today.
Copyright Staci Stallings, 2008