Strange how my devo came about this morning. I am leaving to go on a Quest next week and was looking at some old emails and was feeling like I needed to send something out, but realized that it wasn’t for the questers but for me. I have an email called surrender that I sometimes send out. When I read it this morning, I looked up surrender on my software and this is where I landed Jeremiah 38:17 Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “Thus says the Lord, the God of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘If you surely surrender
to the king of Babylon‘s princes, (or whatever is going on in your life right now)then your soul shall live; this city shall not be burned with fire, and you and your house shall live. Here is what I know for me. My life is so much calmer when I surrender.
Surrender is always a tough one for me, what is the worst thing that could happen if you surrender?
Here is what François Fenelon the Archbishop of Cambria said in the 17th century. He was the spiritual advisor to Louie the 14th. He said this in a letter to the King about surrender. There is more in the letter but this is the main point.
Let me tell you what real surrender is. It is simply resting in the love of the Lord, as a little baby rests in his mother arms. A perfect surrender must even be willing to quit surrendering, if that is what the Lord wants. We renounce ourselves, and yet, God never lets us know when it is complete. If we knew, it would no longer BE complete, for there is nothing that bolsters the ego quiet so much as knowing that it is fully surrendered.
Surrender consist, not in doing great, heroic deeds about which self can brag, but simply in accepting whatever God sends, and not seeking to change it. Surrender is the source of true peace.
I have noticed for myself that when I have completely surrendered. (At least when I think I have) I feel at peace. When I think I have surrendered something but I am restless about it and I don’t have peace, then I am still holding on to it. I don’t like that.
The more you look at what you are not; the less you become who you are!
So here is my question or questions for you. Ask Holy Spirit right now. Stop what you are doing and get quiet. Lord, please show me what I am trying to control or change instead of surrendering and giving it to you. Lord what am I trying to change in thier life that is not my job to change?
Be blessed today. Almost forgot.
This is what I heard for me. Choose your battles wisely with Rebekah (my step daughter) she is a very picky eater and it drives me up the wall. When I pick at her it makes my wife irritated and makes me mad. So once again the Lord says “Be Quiet” He also said to quit bantering with her. I like to argue with her, but I when I do she feels she knows everything so I am never right. I could even prove that what she is saying is wrong and she way still argue. The Lord says “Be Quiet no matter how hard you try YOU CANNOT CHANGE HER! The sad thing is that I know that but I keep pounding my head against the wall. My friend would say …. So, how is that working for you? I hate that saying!
So this is what I heard, what did you hear?