Saturday, April 14, 2012

Resign and Submit

Sometimes, when life seems to be going well, no bumps in the road lately, no obstacles, no snares, we get really comfortable.  We think it's happiness, but honestly, after time, it can become, simply comfortable.

What we have to realize is that life is really work.  Not always hard, sometimes tedious, sometimes mundane, and sometimes downright tough.  We can set the foundation, we can build the walls, we can set up the rooms of our lives, but all in all there is maintenance to be done - always.  Just like building and living in our own homes, we must clean, repair and keep things up so it remains a stable and healthy environment.  With that comes the fact that you may change your preferences in color, the type of furniture you like, the paint dulls and that too, requires work to change.

We have events in our lives just like that.  God is a great foundation but just building your life with Him as your foundation or cornerstone isn't enough.  You have to nurture that relationship, care for that house, just like you would the home you live in.  You're stepping into a long term relationship that can be tough and gentle, strong and yielding and oh so rewarding.  And sometimes that means you have to give a little more than you want to.  Just like having to put a new roof on the house, putting a new coat of paint on the walls, mowing the grass or sowing grass seed, your relationship with the Lord requires you to build, maintain and foster that relationship.  that means you have to also resign yourself to it.

There comes a time when you must take a hard look at what is going on in your house, take stock in what's important and resign yourself to giving up those things that could cause damage, are draining other resources, or are unhealthy to the longevity of the relationship.  Like I said, sometimes, we mistake comfort for happiness.  We have to take things that are comfortable, mix it up a little, and let go of them when they are not bringing you what you need.  In order to grow with the Lord, maintain the house, we have to be able to give up those things that are not healthy for the relationship and build up those things that are good for the relationship. Some call it resigning to the will of God.  Most refer to it as surrendering to the will of God.

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2 KJV).

He never asks you to give up those things that are healthy, good, of quality to your life with Him.  He doesn't ask you to stop seeking His word or will, He doesn't ask you to stop reading and learning, He doesn't ask you to stop eating, sleeping or drinking.  He asks you to give up those things that prevent you living well, living abundantly.  He will ask you to give up things that are standing in the way of growth or achieving your potential in another area.  He will ask you to submit yourself to Him and trust that He will lead you to goodness and righteousness.

Just remember, when a door closes, and you're asked to leave behind something in your life that you felt was right, it doesn't mean something is wrong.  It only means that that particular chapter is finished, there is some maintenance to be done, a new coat of paint perhaps.  God will always open the window to the next chapter, the next best thing.  Open your heart and be accepting of that change, listen with your heart for the opportunities God is giving you.  You're on your way to necessary maintenance to continue His home in your life, making your life that much more substantial.  "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change."
He is not lurking, He is standing right in front of you leading you. Accept Him, resign your heart to Him, submit to Him and be blessed!

1 comment:

Kathy said...

This was like a AH HA moment for me. This last two years have seemed liked nothing but doors being slammed in our faces-not just shut. I keep asking why and searching for reasons, when it is right in front of me..Because HE closed them and wanted them closed now...So now we will wait and try to make sense and look for the openings :) thank you