"And the Lord spoke to me, saying, you have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north . . ." ~Deuteronomy 2:2-3 NASB
This verse is referring to the Israelites refusing to follow the direction of Almighty God through the voice of Moses. God performed a multitude of miracles, He more than proved Himself to these people, and yet they still wanted to go their own way leading them to continually go in circles. They literally circled the same mountain for forty years to make a journey that should have taken a few weeks.
So, why do we still continue to go in these same circles? Why, because we don’t really know where we’re going, we just think we do! If we continually do the same things over and over and keep getting the same results, we will continue to go in circles. This is all due to a three pronged mistake; we think we know better than God, we don’t always go to Him for guidance, and then when we do, we don’t always listen and obey.
God gave the children of Israel guidance, but they chose to walk in circles around the mountain in a state of apprehension rather than having faith in God. Don’t we do the very same thing time and time again? We ask for guidance, doors close and new ones open, but we are so afraid of change or failure that we continue going nowhere out of fear.
I’m so tired of making the same mistakes, repeatedly doing the same stupid things over and over. Not until I completely surrender, in total faith, and stop trying to control everything, can God then be free to lead me onto a new path. Logically I know this, I clearly see the error of my ways, but can’t seem to let go, let God, and stop trying to regain control!
Why am I so determined to run my own show? Why is control such a driving force behind everything I do? Intellectually I know that I have very little control over pretty much everything . . . and yet I continually try to force this course of events, better known as my life, in the direction I want it to go. And then, once again, I get stuck, crash, and burn!
Prayer is the only answer; it’s the only way out of this control life-loop. I need to run to God every time I feel that desire to grab the steering wheel. I need to stop, drop and pray. Pray for God to remove this desire from me; pray for Him to mend this character defect in me and help me trust His plan over mine. I need to surrender totally!
It’s hard for anyone to trust, it’s just human nature. But Jesus tells us to become like little children and trust Him so we can learn His ways.
"Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” ~Matthew 18:3-4
If we aren’t willing to admit, like a little kid, that we don’t know everything, we will never be open to learn, and more importantly, change! We must be humble, willing to say, “I don’t know everything, I was wrong, teach me.” Then and only then are we open to change and free to learn!
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." ~Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
God has a plan; He isn’t just going along Willie-Nilly. He has a great plan, and all we need to do to get inline with Him is surrender our plans for His. Sounds easy, huh? Well, this is by far the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Why, oh why, is it so hard to truly let go?
We must pray for the ability to surrender. We must then act on this ability and do the great big let-go! We need to get it through our heads once and for all that God has a pre-planned agenda for us, and all we need do is get out of His way!
”For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” ~Ephesians 2:10 NIV
Q: Are you ready to totally surrender? Please leave comments below.
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