Faith & Spirit | Perfect Submission

August 24, 2014 | LOVE EMBRACE INSPIRE  | By Tara Hughee

One night I was watching Sunday Best, which is a gospel singing competition on BET. Think American Idol; sanctified edition. On this particular episode, the judges were holding auditions in various cities across the country.

As I enjoyed some of the singing, I could not help but notice that all the contestants sang the same few songs. If it wasn’t Amazing Grace, it was Take Me to The King. If it wasn’t The Battle is the Lord’s, it was Holy, Holy, Holy. At one point I began to wonder if the contestants knew of the plethora of gospel music out there.

One song seemed to remain stuck in my head long after the program went off, and that was Blessed Assurance. It played over and over again in my head, until I realized there was a special message in the last verse.

Perfect submission, all is at rest!

I in my Savior am happy and blest,

Watching and waiting, looking above,

Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

What is perfect submission, and how can we apply it to our lives? According to Merriam-Webster, to submit means “to stop trying to fight or resist something; to agree to do or accept something that you have been resisting or opposing.”

So in short, it means less of us and more of God. Job 22:21 agrees with this: “Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.” Other versions of the Bible say “Yield to God,” “Be in harmony with God,” “Get to know God,” or “Come to terms with God.”

All of these mean that we need to be on the same page as Him, or see eye to eye. We have to let go of our plans so that His perfect will, and not our convenient will, can be done.

At times God reminds me of that friend who may call and say, “Hey girl, I need you to do me a favor, but first you have to say yes.” Many would reply with a firm no, but with God we can trust Him and say yes.

The Bible says in Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”

Therefore when we submit to God, we have to understand that the steps or journey may not make sense at first. When we reach the proverbial finish line, we will then have an aha moment. For example:

Aha, so thats what my relationship did not work out.

Aha, thats why my boss was so hard on me in the office.

It was all a part of the plan to get you from where you were to where you needed to be.

Fully submitting to God is not easy, yet so worth it. But unfortunately there are obstacles that keep us from reaching that place. One major hinderance is that we are too independent.

As a woman, there is nothing wrong with being able to take care of yourself. In fact, it is encouraged. The problem lies in thinking that we can do it all without God. At times some believe that everything they achieved was through their own merit and not His favor.

There were times in college when I did not study before an exam, yet I would pass with flying colors. Rather than thank God, I gave myself all of the credit. And unfortunately I was taught a tough lesson the next time exams came around.

We were created to serve God, serve others, and give Him glory. We were not created to have a “Team of Me” attitude. This prevents us from submitting to God because we believe we have it all figured out.Our way of thinking can be credited to our upbringing. As juniors or seniors in high school, we are told to figure out what we want to be when we grow up. We turned to guidance counselors in order to determine if we would succeed. Never mind that the answer lies in our Bibles.

Through a strong relationship with God, we can abandon behaviors that hinder us from reaching our destiny. This allows us to learn how to submit to His perfect will.

As I made my own life plans post-college, not once did I consult God. And when they fell apart, I began to pity myself and ask, “Why me?” It wasn’t until I learned to submit to God’s will that things turned around for me.

With God you will not only have a calling, but a sense of irreplaceable joy and peace. Therefore, I can say from experience that when you submit to God, all is at rest.

And in our Savior you will be happy and blessed.

When hurdles come, rather than worry you will watch and wait on the Lord, looking above.

And instead of fear, you will be filled with His goodness, and so lost in His love that you won’t have time for tears.

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