I love the passage of Isaiah 40; I think it’s one of the most beautiful passages of the bible. It’s a wonderful passage that speaks, above all, of God’s sovereignty and His eternity over creation.
In verse 8, we are told that “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.”
I think that’s such a wonderful yet challenging thing to get to grips with. We are like the grass and the flowers of this world – beautiful when in bloom, and fearfully and wonderfully made, but ultimately, we are not going to live forever. There will come a day when our time on this earth is over. It is God who breathes life into us, God who created us, and God who knows the plans laid out for us, and that they are good plans (Jeremiah 29:11). If this is the case, then surely God should be in charge of all we do.
But sometimes, we love to put ourselves in charge, don’t we? We can’t help but try our best to control our lives, to not let go of some aspects because it would be just too hard. Whether its our money, our relationships, our time, our friends, whatever it is, we often cling on with all we’ve got, rather than handing it over to God. The problem is, by not handing every aspect of our lives over to God, we’re not giving our all to Him, and we’re not living for Him. God’s plans for us are amazing, and you only have to look at who He is and what He has done to realise that these plans are going to be good plans. God isn’t going to mess us around, or hurt us. He loves us, and longs for every one of us to be in a relationship with Him.
Jesus tells us to “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). By handing everything we have over to Jesus, by surrendering ourselves to Him, we will find complete rest and shelter. But this involves complete surrender – we have to surrender everything that we have and give it all to God. If we insist on clinging on to things that we don’t want to let go of, then we’re not giving God our all, and not allowing ourselves to be open to God’s calling and His will for our lives. As Jesus said in Luke’s Gospel, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23)
So, are you truly surrendering yourself to God? Are you really denying yourself daily, and picking up your cross to follow Jesus? If we surrender fully to God, the blessings He will pour out on us will be beyond what we can imagine or think about. He will love us, protect us and comfort us forever – as long as we surrender to Him.