It truly sounds good, noble, in fact, to claim that we surrender all. However, I struggle with letting things go. If there is a problem, I want to nurture it, cuddle it, ponder over a solution, worry about it, fret about it, maybe even, shed a few tears over it, but at the end of the day, after expending all of that energy on working through the problem to reach a solution, I do everything but surrender all.
Surrendering all, means that I allow the Lord to take charge and work out his plan in my life. It means that it is no longer necessary to spend sleepless hours complaining to God about something that if I would just be willing to offer up my petitions to the throne room, he would be able to solve it, speedily. But no, after all, I know best. I am the “educated ” one who has faced these types of problems before, so I don’t need to wait on the Lord, this time: unfortunately, that is my greatest problem: my “I” is blocking the answers to my prayers from coming.
Isn’t it time to just stop being in control? Probably the most difficult thing I have ever had to face in my life, was when I had to admit that I had run out of options. Lost and undone, there was nowhere left for me to turn but to the Lord. He didn’t ridicule me further because I waited a long time before I turned my life over to him. No, the Lord was merciful and he welcomed me into his opened arms.
Forgiveness is a beautiful thing. It washes the soul, and can completely turn your life around. You may feel that there are those people that you could never forgive. Asking for forgiveness is not designed to make the offender feel better, it is for the one who has been hurt. Forgiveness brings healing, and freedom to live again. Those willing to forgive can watch the Lord move into their life and turn things around. Isn’t it time to open up the window of your soul to receive from the Lord?
In this week’s Lattereign, we are reminded of Joshua and Caleb who believed the report of the Lord and then, we are asked Whose Report will you believe?