The act of surrender is often misunderstood. All of a sudden, we think that when we surrender, we are giving up control of our lives to God. This is not the case. Instead, when we surrender, we simply give God what He already owns.
God is not some genie in a bottle who is waiting to grant us our every wish. He is not a dictator who wants to control us. Remember, He gave us free will to choose. He is our loving Father who wants what is best for us.
If you have been struggling to surrender your life to God, don’t worry – you are not alone. This is a common struggle that many of us face. The good news is that it is possible to surrender again. So, if you are ready to give God what He already owns, keep reading!
Giving God What Already Belongs to Him
If you want to surrender your life to God, the first step is to understand that you are not giving Him something that He does not already own. God is the creator of the universe and everything in it. That includes you! God knows everything about you. He knows your thoughts, your feelings, your dreams, and your fears. He knows what you have done, and He knows what you will do. There is nothing that you can hide from God. In reality, this might sound scary, but it’s actually a good thing. God is not some distant being unaware of our lives. He is intimately acquainted with us. Because He knows us so well, He also knows what is best for us.
He sees our struggles and those things we cannot yet see in the natural. God is fully aware of the evil forces around us in the spiritual realm that works against us. He knows all, sees all and hears all. God sent His son, Jesus, to pay the price for our sins, so that we could have a relationship with Him. He already paid the price for us to be His spotless bride. Everything we are, everything we will ever be, belongs to Him. He paid for it all when He sent His son to die on the cross in our place. All of our pain, scars, shame, habits, and past, he owns it all. We have freedom from it all, we just have to surrender it to Him and not pick it back up again.
Why We Have a Hard Time Giving God What He already owns
Even though God already owns everything, we still have a hard time giving Him control of our lives. Why is this? There are a few reasons. First, we live in a fallen world where sin is a reality. Sin can distort our view of God and make us see Him as a tyrant who is out to control us. Second, we are imperfect beings. We make mistakes, we get scared, and sometimes forget who God is. This can make it difficult to trust Him with our lives. Third, we often think we know what is best for us. We want to be in control, because we think we can do a better job than God can. But the truth is that God is not some genie in a bottle waiting to grant us our every wish. He is not a dictator who wants to control us.
He is our loving Father who wants what is best for us. Therefore, when we surrender our lives to God, we are not giving up control. We are simply giving Him what He already owns. And when we do this, we can trust He will take care of us.
When We Give God What already belongs to Him, We Get What We Need
This is a simple but profound truth that can change our lives if we apply it.
You see, everything belongs to God. He is the creator of all things and has perfect ownership over all His creations. This includes our time, our talents, our resources, and even our very lives. Nothing is too small or too big for Him to handle. He is the God of the impossible!
Additionally, when we give these things to God, we are entrusting them to His care. We acknowledge He is the rightful owner and that we are His stewards. Whenever we do this, He is faithful to provide us with everything we need.
This doesn’t mean we will always get what we want. But it does mean God will provide us with what we need to persevere, be strong and faithful to walk in victory. God knows beyond what we can fathom or understand about what we need. He cannot give us what we need if we continue to pick back up the things we have already surrendered to Him. When we choose to continually carry things we once gave to God, we are taking back something that no longer belongs to us.
There is a heavy price to pay for taking back what we already surrendered.
How many times have we prayed and surrendered things to God just to turn around and pick them back up again? How about when we face trials such as job loss, illness, or a child lost to the world? We pray and give it to God, asking Him to intervene, to make a way when there seems no way. Then we pick it back up again by worrying and trying to change the circumstances and outcome by our own power. As if all the worry, stress and anxiety will change anything. Oh, but it does change things.
The heavy price we pay for stress and anxiety is more suffering, worry, and struggle, and it begins to affect our health and happiness. Additionally, when we’re stressed, our bodies are constantly in a state of fight-or-flight, which taxes our immune system and takes a toll on our physical and mental health. Over time, this can lead to serious health problems, including heart disease, depression, and even premature death. We don’t have to live this way. Surrender it back to God again, and leave it there. Let Him do the heavy lifting, trust Him, and know that He can handle it all.
When we surrender our lives to God, we are not giving up control.
We are simply giving Him what He already owns. And when we do this, we can trust He will take care of us. God is our loving Father who wants what is best for us. When we give God what already belongs to Him, we can trust He will make a way where there seems to be no way. We can trust He will make all things work for our good and His glory. He knew us and chose us before the foundation of the world. Before we were born, we were approved, consecrated, and appointed as His chosen ones.
Ephesians 1:4 (AMP) says,
“just as [in His love] He chose us in Christ [actually selected us for Himself as His own] before the foundation of the world, so that we would be holy [that is, consecrated, set apart for Him, purpose-driven] and blameless in His sight. In love”
Jeremiah 1:5 (AMP) tells us,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you [and approved of you as My chosen instrument], And before you were born I consecrated you [to Myself as My own]; I have appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
We belong to God, and nothing happens in our lives that He does not already know about.
It has to come through Him first! Look at Job in the Bible, God knew beforehand all that would happen, all that would be taken from him. He knew Satan’s plan against Job. Why did God allow it? Because God is in control and He already knew Job would remain faithful, and God blessed him twice as much for it. Job surrendered it all to God, and he never went back and picked it up again. It belonged to God already. In response, Job said “…Shall we indeed accept [only] good from God and not [also] accept adversity and disaster? (Job 2:10 AMP).
Everything that has ever happened or will ever happen is already known by God.
He is aware of every detail of our lives, even the things that we are not aware of ourselves. This knowledge does not take away from His perfect love for us. In fact, it is because of His love for us that He knows everything about us. Knowing that God is sovereign over all gives us hope in the midst of difficult times. We can trust He is working all things together for our good and His glory. No matter what we are going through, we can rest assured that God is in control and knows what He is doing.
In Proverbs 3:5-6 NASB we find hope, it says:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.”
To surrender to God, we must apply Proverbs 3:5-6 to our life. There are many benefits to surrendering to God. It grows our faith, we get to see God in a new way, and it allows us to shine the light and love of Jesus on those around us. Peace fills us and replaces fear, discouragement turns to encouragement. Doubt turns to trust. Worry and stress melt away, and hope and joy take their place.
Surrender Again: Let’s turn our stress, anxiety, worry and questions of why into questions of, “God, what are you trying to teach me in all this?”
Ask yourself these questions before you pick all that baggage back up again.
- What does God want to teach me through this struggle?
- What am I holding onto that God wants me to let go of?
- How can I grow my faith through this trial?
- What does God want me to learn about who He is through this?
- What does God want me to learn about my identity in Christ through this?
In Matthew 17:20 (AMP) it says,
“He answered, “Because of your little faith [your lack of trust and confidence in the power of God]; for I assure you and most solemnly say to you, if you have [living] faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and [if it is God’s will] it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”
Trust God with what little faith you have now, and know that He will grow it for you in mighty ways. Even if it’s as tiny as a mustard seed. Surrender again all that you have picked back up, and trust Him to take care of what already belongs to Him!