I received a message from someone in response to yesterday’s blog. They told me that they liked it but…
(That is one powerful little conjunction.)
It felt like I fell short. My message was incomplete. I told people to leave their healing and struggles in God’s hands.
But what does that look like?
That question was a good one. I had explained that healing and forgiveness (they often go together) isn’t conditional. Now, God doesn’t unconditionally forgive. That is because the original intention of forgiveness is to restore relationship. With God we always can. People are much more complicated. Healing is for ourselves and our overall health. And when we remain wounded, the Spirit is limited (or quenched) in His ability to flow through us.
We must be thinking, speaking, and acting out of our spirits and logic, not from our wounds. Our wounds can skew our perception.
When a person decides they will not put conditions on healing and forgiveness, how do they finally get free? And what are the evidences of freedom?
I’m no theologian nor am I a psychologist. This is almost scratching deeper than my ability or time to properly address. But, from my personal study, much prayer, therapy, and experience I’d like to offer my humble opinion.
To answer fully what it looks like to surrender to God, it’s important to understand our purpose first.
Mark 12:30-31 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Simply put-love God, love people. We love God through our obedience to His commands (see John 14:15, 1 John 5:3, 2 John 1:6.) We love others through bearing His image and emulating His character (see Genesis 1:27, John 15:12, Ephesians 4:32, Galatians 5:22-23.)
So we love God, love people. Now what?
This is the part where I’ve struggled a lot. Having come from a charismatic, word of faith type background, it was hard for me to balance between “name it, claim it” professions of faith and reality. As I’ve written before, I’ve seen people throw their glasses in the trash and walk into walls saying they are “healed.” Is that really walking (figuratively speaking) in faith or just foolishness? I say the latter.
But there were people who did acts of faith in the Bible. The difference is that God told them or a prophet of God did. These days few seem to understand how to separate soul or emotion from Spirit. I believe it’s due to a lack of adequate scriptural and cultural knowledge and understanding. That subject could be a separate book, so I’ll leave it be.
What about faith?
This is where I end up landing. God sees from the eternal perspective as He’s eternal Himself. His promises are true and He is faithful. He is good. He works all things together for good (see Romans 8:28.) But that doesn’t mean it’s what we want, nor does it mean it will necessarily feel or look “good.” All things working together for good isn’t limited to specific situations or outcomes. Tragedies happen. Trials come. Loss is a part of life.
I believe all things work together for eventual good, as God’s perspective and definition is different than ours. We can walk in faith but still live with the reality of the circumstance. Pray His promises and trust however He chooses to answer. Trust His timing.
I’m tying it together here.
When we grasp and live out our purpose, walking in faith knowing that God is faithful and good, it brings us to the key in surrender.
I really do understand how difficult it is to thank God in pain and trials. But when we can really get (this takes a lot of maturity) that eventually, this life or the next, it will be OK then we are ready to fully surrender to Him. As long as we are using carnal thinking and seeing from a strictly human perspective, we will struggle to completely surrender.
2 Corinthians 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight.
What does it look like to be whole? What does it look like to leave something totally in God’s hands?
1 Chronicles 16:34 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!
Psalm 100:4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!
1 Thessalonians 5:18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Give thanks in all circumstances.
Even when it hurts. Even when God feels a zillion miles away. Even when you want to give up. When your race is reduced to a crawl.
I’m listening to a worship song right now called Yes I Will by Vertical Worship.
I choose to praise, to glorify, to glorify the name above all names.
Yes I will lift you high in the lowest valley.
Yes. I. Will.
Make this your decision. No matter what you’re going through right now, realize that this life isn’t endgame. There’s an eternity. There’s eternal rewards.
Thank God. Praise God. Obey God. Love others by emulating His character. In technical biblical reality, you are already healed. It’s a matter of timing.
Rejoice in your Savior. If you know Him, you’ll never ever ever be separated from Him.
Give thanks to the Lord, for His love endures forever.
Give thanks that while the enemy is bad, God is good.
I know how hard it is to experience loss and thank God in tears. I’ve done it a few times. He will be with you through it. I promise. The loss may not be good, but someday it will be good.
Give thanks until.
Revelation 21:3-4 ESV And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Revelation 22:12 ESV “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done.