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When you can’t do anything – Surrender

Leaf with words describing surrender

Have you ever been in a situation where no matter what you did or tried to do, you couldn’t change your situation? It could be an illness that won’t go away, family problems that don’t seem to get better, an addiction that ensnares you, a discouraging financial situation. The list goes on.

We were created to live in communion with God. We cannot live independently. Often we cry out to God only when we have tried everything in our power to fix our situation and there’s nothing left to do. Even then God hears us. But HOW He deals with our problem and WHEN we are delivered from it are up to Him.

Surrender your expectations: God’s way of dealing with problems are beyond our imagination and expectations. It will not only affect you but will also affect the people around you.

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:9 NIV

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,
Ephesians 3:20 NIV

Surrender your timeline: When your problem seems never-ending, have faith that things will change.

weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
Psalms 30:5 NIV

Waiting is frustrating. It can make you feel discouraged and anxious. At such times remember our suffering has purpose. In due time we will understand why we went through it.

He has made everything beautiful in its time.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV

Surrender completely: When we say we have surrendered our problem to God but we keep worrying incessantly about it, we have not surrendered completely. It is hard to not be anxious especially when we care deeply and it affects us in a personal way. Depending completely on God during such times changes our relationship with Him and we come to know Him in a more deep and meaningful way.

The only thing you can do when you’re trapped in a situation is to trust in God.

Remember that God is in control of our life and he is in control of our situation.

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Psalms 46:10 NIV

There were numerous times God fought on behalf of the Israelites and gave them victory through impossible circumstances. He will fight for you too.

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Exodus 14:14 NIV

Surrendering to God is not an excuse for complacency. When David was hiding from Saul, he didn’t give up on the idea of being king. He patiently waited on God and when the time came for him to be crowned king, he acted on God’s word. We need to walk closely with God to know when to act and when to remain still.

When we are in the midst of suffering, it’s difficult to “feel” God’s presence.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
Romans 8:35 NIV

We need to consciously focus our minds on God and remember that God has given us His peace.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 14:27 NIV

Keep holding on to what God has spoken over your life. Believe wholeheartedly in the promises of God. GOD IS FAITHFUL.

The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.
1 Thessalonians 5:24 NIV

God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?
Numbers 23:19 NIV

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