How is it possible to truly follow Jesus? He requires us to love him with all of our heart, soul, and mind in Matthew 22:37. That is actually giving our all to God. That means surrendering all of our life to God. The truth is that it is easier than said. Truly the question posted by our Pastor in the sunday service, why is it difficult to surrender our life to God even when we know He is Almighty and powerful, is an eye-opener. It is happening. We know how great and loving He is. Yet, a very few of us could truly and totally surrender to Him. Only when we find satisfaction and dependence on God can we have total surrender. When we know in our heart that He alone can give us fulfillment, peace, and a blessed life, that is the time that we long to give our life to Him. When His Spirit changes our being and make us long to live for Him alone; when anything else in this world is nothing more compared to the wonder of being in His presence. “For all that is in the world-the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life-is not from the Father but is from the world.”- 1 John 2:16. When the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life have no power over us even if temptations are there, that would be the time when surrender can be real. Let us pray that we can be surrendered to Him as He desires us to do. For it is only in surrendering to Him that God can work in us.
In God’s presence we find the security and peace we need. We are assured of His faithfulness. Our God can make a way. Our God is a miracle worker. Our God keeps His promises. Our God is our light and guide. Such is the song, Way Maker by Sinach, speaks of. When we experience His faithfulness, we know deep in out hearts who He is. In every pain and hurt, we are comforted by His grace and we experience that peace which is present even in the turbulent times. Our Great Shepherd protects us and comforts us even when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death; so we fear no evil for He is with us (Psalms 23:4). His presence in our life is our anchor. In His presence we taste goodness and mercy!
Isaiah 55:8-9 says “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” We are limited compared to our great God. His understanding and wisdom is beyond us. When things do not go according to our plan and the future seems bleak for us, that is just as far as we could see by our limited understanding. “God is too wise to be mistaken and too good to be unkind. So when we don’t understand nor see His plan, we just need to trust His heart.” That is the thought from Babbie Mason song, Trust His Heart, which reminds us to trust God no matter the situation we face.