Recently my wife Tina asked me a very poignant question…Have you completely surrendered our business to the Lord? My impulse response was to emphatically scream “YES”, I pray all the time for God to help us become capable leaders and business persons. But upon contemplation, I realized that the question was a lot deeper than my immediate response. What does it mean to surrender?
Surrender – to yield (something) to the possession or power of another;
Christians often talk of surrendering our earnest desires to God in prayer, and then leaving them in His care as we patiently await His deliverance. In theory, we give ownership of our desires to God, and we are to patiently await his deliverance. The questions becomes what do we do while we are waiting? Waiting has become a lost art. How many times have we witnessed impatient people in traffic waiting on the light, or in a restaurant waiting on their food. Somehow we have gotten in our minds that we are too privileged to wait on anything. We cannot wait for our food to cook so we pop it in the microwave. We cannot wait long enough to save money so we finance everything. Spouses cannot wait for their spouse to grow and change so they quit on their marriage. The list goes on and on, and the ramifications of impatience are evident in most aspect of our lives. Have we become impatient with God?
That is in essence the question posed by my thoughtful wife. If God be God, and I believe in His authority and power, then what does it mean to surrender my family, my business, my health or anything else to Him? With today’s watered down principles, we have be told that we can just demand something of God, and the Red Sea will immediately part and provide a nice path toward our victory. True enough we do serve a sovereign God that can perform great miracles, but who is God when the miracle does not occur instantly. Is he not still sovereign and powerful? If he delays, do we then barge headlong into the water making our own path? Are we content with God alone when the miracle does not happen? If we rely strictly upon the miraculous works of God, then we are no better than those that demanded signs before they would believe in the Lord Jesus.
You see the Lord desires faith, and faith knows no time. Faith says, I am content in knowing that God will provide in His time frame. Providence is at work regardless of how dark it may seem right now. God has promised that he would never leave nor forsake us, therefore we can patiently await His deliverance. If the sea does not part today, are we content in knowing that it will come to pass. If our marriage, finances, children, job, bills or any of life’s worries are not in the state that we desire, can we be content in knowing that God is at work. Whether it be a miraculous instantaneous deliverance of God, or if Godly providence moves at a slow almost indiscernible course, we are to trust in God and surrender our lives to His will. Tina, thanks for the thought provoking question, and I end with these words from Philippians 4:11-13