Last week I discussed what it means to truly surrender. Living a life surrendered to God requires us to let go of pride and the idea that we know what is best. In doing this, we understand there is only One person who truly has our best interest in mind (Romans 8:28). Today I want to discuss what it means to live it out.
One of the common themes that Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth uses throughout her studies is the idea of saying “Yes, Lord” to whatever God brings. It sounds easy enough—but until you are put in a situation where everything seems to be falling apart, and nothing is going as you planned, you may not realize how difficult it can actually be.
It is important to spend time in prayer and ask God to reveal areas in your life you may be holding onto, or refusing to let go of. If He does reveal specific things you are clinging to, ask Him for the strength to let go, and the faith to trust in His sovereignty.
So what does saying “Yes, Lord” mean for you? Is it passing on your dream job so you can stay at home and serve as a wife and mother? Sacrificing TV time to minister to a friend who is hurting? Serving in a position where you are underappreciated? Is it suffering through health problems with no cure or end in sight? Whatever the circumstance, are you willing to surrender your own will and desires in order to submit to God’s ultimate plan?
This is something you will want to spend time seriously thinking and praying about. Until you experience times when you are visibly out of control, you may not understand the sacrifice of giving up your plans and submitting to what He has for you. Proverbs 19:21 says, “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” I love this verse because it is a constant reminder that “You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.” There is nothing you can do to stop God’s plan for your life.
When you think about it, choosing to have a heart that says “Yes, Lord” to whatever may come is extremely freeing! It means that you are confident in His plan for your life—you understand that He knows the outcome before you even know the problem. Living a surrendered life frees you up to experience the joy that comes from knowing He is in control—He will never fail.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11