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The Need for Full Submission
An easy thing to think is, "My life is going great! Thanks God, I can take it from here!" While this is an easy thought and one we, as Christians, often think we have to see why we need God not only in the bad times but the good as well.
What Does it Mean to Fully Trust God?
Sometimes in life we make big decisions for ourselves, I like to call this opening our own doors. When making a decision regarding things like a career change or a move we often think that we know what's best. When making decisions for ourselves we must realize that God has plans that are far greater than our own, "plans to prosper us, not to harm us" says Jeremiah 29:11. If we start knocking down doors and making things happen that aren't in God's plans for our lives we invite disaster. When contemplating a big decision we have to ask God for wisdom and discernment as well as ears to listen to what He has to tell us and patience to wait for His perfect timing.
Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight." To me this is fairly straight forward thinking; trust God and good things will happen. Trust yourself and your understanding and you miss out on the blessings that God has for you.
We often time get so caught up in this fast paced world we live in that we forget that God has great timing, the best, actually! So as we go through our day, week, year, and whole life we have to remember to trust God, lean on Him hen things get tough, when you don't know where to go, turn to Him and trust that He loves you and has your best possible outcome in mind.
The Hard Part
The most difficult part of full submission to God is hearing an answer we don't like; so many time I've thought things were perfect, a job, a relationship, etc. and I've always found it hard to let these things go when God tells me that they aren't what's best for me. On that token, accepting hard answers and making difficult decisions comes hand-in-hand with trusting and submitting to God's greater plan for our lives. I'd love to say that everything about trusting God is easy but sadly we are faced with choice which, at the time, seem impossible but eventually we see that they were in our best interest overall.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Phillipians 4:6