I’ve been thinking about this whole area of ‘surrender’ to the Lord, and why many believers in Jesus feel it’s too scary to consider giving themselves entirely to Him. There seems to be a prevailing fear that God is going to bring about some life-changing direction in our lives or ‘test’ us with an impossibly painful trial. This fear is based on our desire to be in control of our circumstances.
Now I get the ‘fear’ thing when it comes to the idea of surrender. When I was a little girl, I liked to play in the lake but I always wanted to stay where my feet could touch. I felt safe and in control there. I remember one time we were at the lake and my dad challenged me to jump off the platform into the deeper water. I was nervous and afraid, but my dad stood there in the water ready to catch me in his arms. The water was too deep for me, but it wasn’t too deep for him. I knew I wouldn’t be in control, but my dad was there and he would hold me up. So keeping my eyes fixed on my dad, I jumped in.
When it comes to surrender, our Heavenly Father knows how hard this is for us. In fact, it is impossible apart from the work of His Spirit within us. “It is God who is at work in you both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13
It is God who desires our surrender and He Himself works a willingness within our hearts.
The more we learn of our Heavenly Father’s character through our time spent with Him in His word, the more secure and confident will be our daily surrender. As we grow in faith, believing that God’s love for His children is perfect, flawless love, the power of our fears will soon give way to deeper trust. We’ll be willing to ‘jump’ into His sure, strong arms. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear…” I John 4:11.
Jesus is the smartest, wisest, strongest Person in the entire universe and beyond! No one else can do what He can do. If we are willing to receive Him as our Savior, trust His promise and power to take us to heaven some day, why are we reluctant to daily put ourselves in His hands? Even when the hard things in life do come our way, He tells us not to be afraid because we have His word that He will make every hard thing become a good thing for us.
Like looking into the deep water, I’ll admit surrender can feel scary. But knowing the One who calls us deeper, there is no valid reason for us to remain fearful or reluctant to surrender to Jesus that He might have His way with us. Rather, I’d say we can consider it the best thing we could ever do!