One of the first passages of scripture that I committed to memory as a new Christian was Proverbs 3:5-6, which says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
It’s an encouraging promise, but what does it mean to “trust in the Lord with all your heart?” The best single word answer that I’ve heard to that question is the word ‘surrender.’ We must completely give ourselves to God before He can give Himself to us.
We practice this kind of surrender every time we fly in an airplane. We get on board the aircraft, sit down in our seats and put the seat belt on. And for the next four hours or so we’re at the mercy of a pilot whom we don’t even know. We trust that he knows what he’s doing, and that he’ll get us to the right destination safely.
We do the same with a doctor. Before surgery we sign a consent form. We allow the anesthesiologist to put us to sleep. It’s then that the surgeon can help us and not before.
The principle of total surrender holds true in many areas of life. Complete surrender is needed before help can come to us. It’s no different with God. Before He can help us, we must give ourselves to him completely.
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