A new surrender to the Lord is a beautiful thing. When a heart releases personal desires and expectations. A person lifts up hands, and says, “As You wish, Lord.”
- Abraham did that when he took Isaac, his only son, to the altar.
- Mary also as she faced shame and possible stoning after the angel told her about the baby she would carry.
- Christ, Himself, surrendered to God’s will in the garden of Gethsemane.
“For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.” Ps. 51:16-17
David relates that God prefers hearts that are wholly His instead of sin offerings. Think about that for a moment. It’s a reasonable request. Would you prefer to have a best friend who is really good at apologizing? That would infer that there is always something new for which to beg forgiveness. “That man o’ mine done gone and gambled the house away, but he brung me the purtiest little bouquet o’ flowers you ever did see.” Uh … no. Definitely not the type of relationship God wants to have with us either.
1 Sam 15:22 clears this right up.
“But Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.”
Obeying is surrender. The more we practice obeying the Lord, the more that surrender to Him becomes part of our lives. For Him it is a love song. A ballad of actions that spills out as a love offering to the Lord. After all, isn’t it by actions that we show love to others in our lives?
Our surrender has huge effects on us as well. When we follow in obedience to God, we can be sure that we’re walking our most abundant path. Seriously. If you blindfolded your daughter and took her by the hand, would you ram her shins into the furniture? Our loving heavenly Father doesn’t do that either. He coaxes us along the way that He’s set for us. The one that will bring us the most joy and work the best for his plan on earth.
Your Turn: How are you surrendering today?
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