Scripture: Jeremiah 10:23 Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps.
Relevant Definitions: Surrender: to give up, abandon, surrender, to yield or resign
Devotion: Since 2020 the world has been shaken and many find themselves at an impasse. Stuck between old habits and dreams of the future, many struggle to gain their footing for the tomorrow. How can one shake loose from the past and embrace the unknown? It is through surrender. When God gets ready to thrust me into a new place, I hear the lyrics, “Will your heart and soul say yes? There is more that I require of you. Will your spirit still say yes?” from the song “Yes” by Shekinah Glory. I will hear the song and play it on repeat until my soul surrenders. The song continues with,”There is more that I require of you. Will your spirit still say yes?”
Sounds like a tidal wave of surrender on the horizon. God, in his infinite wisdom, wouldn’t bring us near the well if we aren’t surrendered enough to drink. That would be a waste of time. I would liken it to David becoming king. You might think that once David killed Goliath and was anointed king, he would have immediately sat on the throne. That would have been disastrous. As much as David was fearless and knew God enough to stand in the face of a giant, is as much as God knew David’s expanse wasn’t large enough for where he was going. David had already endured harsh rejection from his family only to become the recipient of a king he once served, wanting him dead. He ran around in the wilderness for years but it was there he learned to lead and sit on a throne. David endured much rejection in his obedience and appeared to lose time when he gave God his yes.
God watches until the moment he sees the need for expansion and presents the invitation. At this time, we can see no need for change or have a strong level of dissatisfaction. It is in these moments we either trust God and accept the challenge, or choose to stay where we are. Neither will God fight with us nor will he stop loving us. His love endures forever. However, you will have missed the opportunity for expansion. Know this, your yes will come at a cost, a cost that may seem unrealistic or unbearable at times. God’s goal is to cut off everything that does not belong in your future. Remember, God is not in time we are. He sees yesterday, today and tomorrow all at one time. We must trust that if he is requiring sacrifice, no matter the cost, these things have no place in our future.
Know that the creator knows best. He knows what is needed for you to grow, mature, and bring you closer to him in a relationship. As Jeremeiah 29:11 says,” I have plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future.” My friend, the invitation is being extended and trust Abba has your best interest at hand.
Reflection: Are you at a crossroads in some area of your life? Do you sense God requiring a new level of yes from you? Remember God created you and knows exactly the purpose he had in mind for his creation. Oftentimes we have been trained, programmed to live and see life a certain way when God created us for so much more. Ask yourself the question, “Will your heart and soul say yes?’ Will you say yes out of love without knowing, or are you comfortable where you are? Yes, answers require death. Oftentimes, we must leave comfortable situations and sometimes people behind to obey and follow the purpose of God for our lives. Never has yes felt good, but it is always necessary for growth and expansion.
Prayer: Lord, reveal to us where the invitation of yes is showing up in our lives. Help us to trust and believe you have our best interest at hand. Help us to be sensitive to your voice. May your invitation be known and play on repeat until we surrender our heart’s desire in rhythm with you.
Written by Petrina Milan