SURRENDERING TO GOD
Jacob is the father of the 12 tribes of the nation of Israel. Before God used his life, he was a rebellious son. Jacob deceived his father to steal the blessing of his brother. As a result, he had to flee from his home and travel hundreds of miles to hide in his uncle's house. While he was going to his uncle's house, he made a vow or a promise to God that if God would provide him food, clothes to wear, safe travel, and allowed him to return to his father's house, then the LORD would be his God.
Jacob's vow seemed pretty good, but in reality, it wasn't good at all. Jacob only wanted God in his life if God would bless him or give him everything that he wanted. Many people, including Christians, treated God like He was a Santa Clause. If God did not give them what they wanted, they would not want Him in their lives. They only wanted the blessings of God, but not God Himself. Jacob, eventually, realized that the blessings of God were not enough. He needed to surrender his life to God completely.
God is not only the provider of everything that we need, but He is also the God of our lives. We need to surrender our lives to him in order for us to have a good life. If we are only living for the things that God can give us, then we will be disappointed. God always provides us everything that we need according to His will and not to our will because God knows what is best for us. When we surrender our lives to Him, then God will bless us according to His will.
Ask yourself these questions: what are the things that I keep in my heart that I am not willing to surrender to God? Why are you not willing to surrender them to God?
Write down the problems that you are facing today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, thank you that you are a God that cares and loves me. Help me to surrender my life to you because you know what is best for me. Forgive me if I have not been willing to completely surrender my life to you. Help me to trust you with all of my heart. May you help me know with my (mention your prayer requests). In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.