Before moving on to Genesis chapter 33, I feel compelled to explore a little more this idea of surrendering oneself completely to God.
It is so important to our walk with HASHEM, but so difficult to do.
Especially in our culture, where wealth, power, strength, confidence, prestige and victory is lauded and applauded.
We live in a world where to be vulnerable or admit that we’re afraid, discouraged or depressed is to be seen as a failure or even lacking in faith.
However, paradoxically, when studying the Scriptures we see that God meets us at the lowest points in our lives.
He met Joseph in prison.
He met Daniel in the lion’s den.
He met Jeremiah in the slimy pit.
And He will meet you too.
But you have to surrender to Him.
Why is this so difficult to do?
The answer is simple.
We just can’t stand the thought of not being in control of our lives.
Go to the self-development/business section of your local bookstore and peruse the titles on the shelves.
You’ll notice that there’s really only one common theme running through all of these books.
The promotion of the illusion that “you can control of your life“.
From books like The Secret to Napoleon Hill’s Think & Grow Rich, the majority of these books teach the New Age idea that “whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve“.
I’m not saying all of these types of books are bad but their popularity testifies to our strong desire to want to have as much control over our lives as possible.
I believe a lot of these books can set us up for major disappointment.
When events in our life way don’t go the way we have “visualized” or “affirmed” countless times as we have been instructed to do in some of these books, we can get really discouraged.
There may be times when these New Age techniques seem to work, but I’m not so sure if correlation equals causation in these cases.
The Scriptures tell us that there is another spirit in the world deceiving men and turning their minds away from the truth of God’s Word.
How will you know when you’re truly surrendered to God’s Will for your life?
Again, the answer is simple.
You’ll have peace in your heart.
You won’t get all stressed out when things don’t go your way.
You won’t try to force a certain situation to unfold according to your predetermined fleshly expectations.
Yeah, maybe she won’t call back.
Maybe a potential client will decide not to do business with you.
Maybe you’ll never get that job.
Maybe they’ll be sold out of your favorite cupcake flavor.
Maybe everybody will hate this blog post and think it’s all a bunch of sentimental BS.
Let go and let God.
NEXT TIME WE BEGIN GENESIS CHAPTER 33