~Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.~
James 4:7 (NIV84)
The verse above is one of the favorites to quote among Christians today, especially in times of trouble. Truthfully though, this verse, as with all of the Word, should be something that is lived as a constant state. This verse is calling us to live in a constant state of submission to God! Of course in order to do that we have to have a deep understanding of submission and what it means to submit to another. That’s usually where things get a bit sketchy for many of us.
The word translated as submit in this verse means a wide variety of things: to be subordinate to, to be subject to, to submit to, to obey, and to yield to. Now I’m not going to take you through an entire word study because apparently there not as fun for everyone as they are for me…lol. But if you were to do one, you would come up with a definition like this one: to surrender completely, to agree to forgo oneself and one’s power, control, and possessions to the authority and will of another, to defer to or consent to abide by the opinion or authority of another, to cease resistance and contention and make oneself amenable to the discipline and control of a superior.
Now I don’t know about you, but when I first realized just how serious that word was I was shocked to say the least. What got me most was the realization that the definition meant relinquishing ALL control! My only control would be to keep my flesh in check and commit to surrender. Even in that moment of revelation I didn’t grasp the depths of what it all meant. Truthfully, I doubt if I do now. It’s like exploring the depths of God’s Love for His children. You just keeping gaining understanding the deeper down the rabbit hole you go.
The real kicker, though, was coming to terms with just how many control issues I had. I mean I have always considered myself a submissive person. Along the journey, however, I have come to terms with the fact that I was simply really submissive in the areas I chose to submit in. In the other areas of my life I was just as much of a control freak as many other people in this world. So one by one, I have had to (and continue to) break through each area and get rid of whatever exists that keeps me clinging to control.
A few of the things standing in my way of complete surrender were a lack of trust, not believing that anyone would ever take care of those things for me, and thinking no one would do it as thorough as I would. Then one blessed day I had revelation. While this were serious issues that need to be dealt with when applied to situations involving other human beings, I was talking about God, my Abba, my Daddy, my Lord and Savior, my Prince of Peace! I was literally saying that I didn’t trust God, didn’t think that He would keep His Word regarding me, and that He could do the job as well as I could! Talk about a slap in the face!
It was that revelation that catapulted me down the path to surrender and kept me putting one foot in front of the other to make it further sown that path way no matter what I faced. What about you? Have you considered the depths of what it would mean to be fully surrendered to God? What’s standing in your way?
Surrendered to Him~
Lord God, Our Father in Heaven,
You and You alone are our Lord God and Savior! Daddy, show us the path to surrender totally to Your Will. Help us understand that this is not a burden to You, that it is something You desire. Holy Spirit open enlighten us to those things that stand in our way, those walls and roadblocks we put up so long ago that we’ve forgotten they’re there. Re-enforce our desire to tear them down and undergird our strength to resist fear and trials. Daddy, we know that all we ask according to Your Word and Will is done right now, so we thank You for it Lord and to You be all the Glory and Praise!
In Yeshua’s Name we pray,