Submitting to the Lord

“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps”  (Proverbs 16:9).

God relates to us in many capacities. For example, when we trust in Jesus for salvation, He relates to us as Savior (1 John 4:14). Or when God adopts us into His family, He relates to us as “Father” (John 1:12; Ephesians 1:5). When we go off course, He chastises us because that’s what faithful fathers do (Hebrews 12:5-11). But God also relates to His children as Lord. He is our Lord/Master, and we are His servants.

The Lord relates to us as Lord when He directs our steps. The verse above indicates that man may come up with many plans and schemes, but the will of the Lord will prevail. The Bible does not discourage good planning, but Christians need to know their Lord knows best and will direct their steps as He sees fit.

Sometimes we find it difficult to submit to God’s will. Here are some helps that hopefully will help us do that. When we meditate on the qualities of God, we know that we are in good hands. God can be trusted.

1. Our God is all-knowing.
When we resist God’s will for our life, we lose sight of the truth that He knows all.

“Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether” (Psalm 139:4).

“And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13).

Clearly God knows what is best for our lives and we should take comfort that He knows everything and, of course, knows the right thing to do.

2. Our God is all-powerful.
The Bible further proclaims God’s power, and that He wields such power no earthly despot can rival:

“And what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might” (Ephesians 1:19).

“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27).

When God decides to do something, we already learned He knows the right thing to do. But He also has the power to carry out His will. We would be fools to try to resist it. Remember what happened when Jonah fled from the Lord? He did not get very far and experienced much grief.

3. Our God is all-loving.
When we ponder God’s great love, we know He cares too much for us to do us any harm. He will lead us places that help us, not hurt us.

When you seem to struggle with God’s will, remember these truths about God’s nature. You will resist less, and submit more.

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