What does it mean to submit? Does it mean to give up your happiness for someone else? According to Merriam-Webster.com the definition of submit is 1.) to give (a document, proposal, piece of writing, etc.) to someone so that it can be considered or approved. 2.) To stop trying to fight or resist something: to agree to do or accept something that you have been resisting or opposing. 3.) To offer (something) as an opinion or suggestion. The definition of submission is 1.) An act of giving a document, proposal, piece of writing, etc., to someone so that is can be considered or approved: an act of submitting something. 2.) Something that is submitted. 3.) The state of being obedient: the act of accepting the authority or control of someone else.
You may be asking yourself, why is she writing about this? Well, it is something that I need to learn to do. No to a person, but to God. A few weeks ago, the Lord called me back into the ministry. Previously I had worked in youth and children’s ministry, but due to recent events, I feel He is now calling me into another area. There are people who know what the ministry area is and are praying for me to know that this is God’s will for me, not my own desires. I have to be willing to submit to His call and though I have been a Christian most of my life, I struggle with this, as I am sure many people do. The Lord asked us to submit to Him (To stop trying to fight or resist something: to agree to do or accept something that you have been resisting or opposing) and He will take care of us (James 4:7-8). This submission to Him (The state of being obedient: the act of accepting the authority or control of someone else) is crucial if we are to enjoy the abundant life He has promised us. Now, before you go thinking that all you have to do is go through the act of submitting, think again. God does not look on the outward appearance of a person; He looks at the heart and motives (I Samuel 116:7). The abundant life He has promised us may not mean riches of the material kind. They could be in many other ways, friends, family, other blessings.
Now, I know there are people who read this that work with horses. One goal is to get the horse to submit to the bridle. Horses are wild, beautiful creatures who have a will of their own and quite often exert that will. Most times when we least expect it or want it to show up. Any equestrian will tell you that one key is to be gentle and speak with a soft voice. That is how God is with us. He speaks with a still soft voice that we need to be listening for. As with horses, they have to be listening if you speak in a soft voice to get them to obey and do as you ask.
So, back to the original questions. To submit, in the Biblical sense, is to stop trying to fight or resist God and what He has for you. Does it mean to give up your happiness for someone else? Again, if we are submitting to God, no. God wants what is best for us. He is our Father. What father would want to see his children miserable so that he could be happy? Only a selfish father, in my opinion. You know, God even knows how many hairs you have on your head (Matthew 10:30)! How awesome is that? Think about it. How many people are there in the world? Billions! God knew and knows how many hairs were and are on each person’s head. He loves us that much.
I know I have a long way to go in submitting everything to God. However, I also know that He is a patient and loving Father who will always be there, no matter how many times I mess up. I am human and I will make many more mistakes in my lifetime. If you are struggling with giving something over to God, let me encourage you to do it. When you do, you will feel such a relief of letting go of a burden that was not yours to carry. So, what are you waiting for?