Why Oh Why, God?
Submission. A word that tends to create defensive walls and negative emotions. The definition of submission is: to yield oneself to the authority or will of another; surrender; to permit oneself to be subjected to something; to defer to or consent to abide by the opinion or authority of another.
We are proud of our independence and to submit requires humility. In terms of our submission to God, we are quick to say we are submitted. We pray with eloquence our desire to be submitted, surrendered totally, but then, we contradict that with wrestling and struggling, moaning and groaning. Why oh Why, God?
How many times have I battled with emotions as I believe I’m doing what God has called me to and yet, I can’t see fruit. I can’t see results that I feel should be there. In my feeble mind, I have set these glorious goals and am working hard to achieve them---all in the name of Jesus--believing they are His as well. They are certainly not bad goals; they’re all good things. Didn’t He plant them in my heart? I know so well that His ways are higher than mine. I know that His timing is usually nowhere near mine. That is part of my growing pains, realizing my need to stop setting deadlines and making plans. He is so patient in His loving discipline of me and my “self.”
Submitting ourselves means we stop making plans and frustrating ourselves with our assessment of their lack. We must spend enough time with Him to learn the sound of His voice, the nudging when He is ready for things to move forward, the quieting of our souls when it’s time to sit quietly and wait. God is never in a hurry, much to our chagrin. We are always ready for Him to do something NOW. He moves slowly, deliberately and perfectly. Why can’t we get that? It is the example we are to follow. Relax, rest in Him, wait patiently, trust that He’s got it all under control and His plans are coming together beautifully.
Submission means that we stop wrestling with God over why He doesn’t open those doors or provide the means to fulfill our plans. It means we lay it all down at His feet and ask Him if we have really been surrendered to what He wants. His plan may be close to ours, maybe we have run ahead and inserted some great things we thought of, and they actually got in the way. We must stop, go to Him with no agenda, just an open heart of submission and ask Him what it is that He wants. Then we must be ready to accept His answer, even if it turns out to be a bit different than we had hoped. Trust. Rest. Believe. His ways are miraculous, magnificent and perfectly timed. We must aim to be pure vessels for His anointing to flow freely through, fulfilling His plans in peace, not striving. Cease striving and know that I am God...Psalm 46:10.
Trust in the Lᴏʀᴅ with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (ɴɪᴠ)