2023 | Nov. 3

The Hope of Surrender

Luke writes, “Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.”(Luke 2:52) Like us, Jesus had to develop. We can imagine that while He was sinless, He learned how to live through the circumstances of life.

There are many people today who are suffering – not because they have sinned or resisted God, but because the Lord has chosen to develop their lives through difficulty and hardship. If we look further in Scripture in the first chapter of 2 Corinthians, Paul does not gloss over the fact that he suffered. At one point, he believed there was a strong possibility that he would die. However, God spared his life, and Paul was able to write about the hardships he faced with such hope that many who read his letters also declared faith in Jesus Christ. 

My application of this is such… God cannot mold and shape our lives unless we are willing to surrender and to be transparent before Him. I believe these are prerequisites to experiencing a breakthrough in our trials and sufferings. 

I’ve come to a season in my life where I have stopped looking at the trials of my life with thoughts of regret and horror. I’ve learned to rest in God’s care and allow Him to work in my life to the fullest. When you do, you will discover that He has a tremendous blessing waiting for you. Not only will you grow to be like Him, but you will also be a testimony of His grace and hope to a troubled world. 

God is waiting for you to pass this test to have a testimony. I’m looking forward to hearing that testimony! Go ahead, pass that test!