Many times when we think about surrender, we think about a hostile force looking to take something. However, in Romans 12:1, when God is asking for us to surrender, He is not asking as an enemy looking to do harm, but rather as a good father.
Let’s examine surrendering by looking at the life of Abraham.
Trust God To Protect You
In Genesis 12:1-4 and 10-13 we see that Abraham devised his own plan, telling his wife to lie and call him her brother. God gave Abraham a promise: a land, a seed, and a blessing. But do we trust Him to protect us from the enemy, or do we devise our own plans.
Trust That God Will Provide
Genesis 13:2-7 describes Abram as very rich. Yet because of the strife with Lot, Abram was willing to part from Lot and trust that God would provide.
Trust God With Our Possessions
In Genesis 14:11-24, because Abram trusted God, he allowed Lot to choose the best land, and he took the rest. And then later in the chapter we see that Abram would not take anything from the King of Sodom. Why? We shouldn’t look to people to give us the possessions we need. God has already provided.
Trust God To Fulfill His Promise
In Genesis 12 God promised Abram a land, a seed, and a blessing, yet in Genesis 15:1-6 and 12-14 Abram noticed he hadn’t seen all of the blessing yet. Know that the promise is still there and it is greater than you thought. No matter what you see, you have to keep pressing on and trust Him.
Trust God By Patiently Enduring
In Genesis 16:1-4, Sarai begins getting nervous as she has no children. Instead of Abram listening to God, he listened to Sarai. Don’t manipulate the promise. God does not need your help.
“You have to surrender and allow God to bring it to pass even if you don’t see it.” – Pastor Ferne Sapp
Trust God With The Promise [Even When It Doesn’t Make Sense]
In Genesis 17, Abraham has waited 24 years for God to fulfill his promise. Yet he still trusted God to do it.
“Even though I don’t understand it, I trust you completely.” – Pastor Ferne Sapp
Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son in Genesis 22:1-8. God stopped the hand of Abraham because he had gotten to a point where he trusted God.
Will you trust Him and be obedient?