This is the Faith I Live By: trust requires surrender
Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Monday, June 17, 2019
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“For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it is good or evil.”
Have you ever attempted to give God instructions? Maybe you’ve tried to inform Him of something as though He doesn’t see and know all things? It may seem far fetched when put into those terms, but the fact is anytime we move contrary to the will of God we are showing Him that we think we know best. In effect, we are saying that we realize that He has a view of how things should go, but our way is better. Can you imagine a clay pot chiding the pottery making for making it a certain way? Well that’s what we do to God.
Trust Requires Surrender
The pinnacle of honor and respect for God is to recognize His infinite knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. It is to yield our perspectives, and to accept His perfect plans even when they seem undesirable at the moment.
He knows our secret thoughts, motives, and intentions. His plans take all of these and more into consideration. This is because His will comprehensive. Therefore, we must surrender all of our plans, outcomes, trials, and triumphs to God. Only He can weigh and assess their true impact on our lives. And once He determines we handle something we need to accept His instructions as sovereign and for our best interest.
The One who judges all is singularly qualified to guide us on to the path of righteousness. It is He who rewards us if we remain on this path by His grace.
The truth is, God is trustworthy. He stands ready, willing, and available to make us holy, and then reward us for being so. Judgment belongs to God. Therefore, let us put our trust in Him!
By God’s grace, this is the faith I live by. Let this be the same for you, in Jesus’ name.