When we think of the word “surrender” we usually think of giving up to an enemy or have a feeling of defeat if we can’t do something the way it’s supposed to be done.
However, there is a time when surrendering is a positive action. It’s dealing with our relationship with God. In order for that relationship to grow and for us to be tuned in to God’s plan for us we first need to surrender ourselves to Him.
Look at the story of Jonah. God wanted Jonah to preach in Ninevah. But Jonah refused to go because the people of Ninevah were so evil. Instead he boarded a ship going in the opposite direction. A major storm began, threatening to tear the ship apart. The crew wondered why this was happening. Jonah realized God sent the storm because Jonah disobeyed. So Jonah told the men to throw him into the sea, which they did, and the storm stopped immediately. Jonah was then swallowed by a great fish and was inside it for three days. During that time Jonah surrendered himself to God. (see Jonah 2)
While in the fish Jonah prayed to God. At the end of his prayer he said, “But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to You. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the Lord.” Jonah 2:9
The fish spat Jonah out and he did go to Ninevah. Because of his preaching the people of Ninevah “turned from their evil ways” and cried out to God. (Jonah 3)
Surrendering to God is not admitting defeat in a negative way. It’s the beginning of a new life with God, which is so much better than a life without Him.
Are you seeking something that’s missing from your life,but you don’t know what it is? Surrender to God. He is that “something” which is missing.
Do you know God but have strayed from Him? Surrender to Him and He’ll help you get back on the right track.
Is “surrender” a negative word? It’s not when you are surrendering to God, opening yourself up to a new relationship with Him.