The Gift of Surrender: Resting in God’s Strength

To the women reading today, have you ever had your significant other offer to carry something heavy for you? Maybe it was something you knew you could carry on your own, but they offered to carry it, anyway. I want to encourage you to let him; always let him.

Surrendering takes a certain level of strength in and of itself. It’s not always easy to relinquish control and allow someone to help. We tend feel as if that makes us weak. We tend to want to prove we don’t need anyone but ourselves. This is not God’s will. God never intended for us to bear the weight of the world on our own.

Just as God made woman to be a help meet to man, He made man to be a strength to a woman— to lead, guide, to help her carry her burdens.

It makes a man happy to be able to help a woman in such a way because it highlights his strength. Likewise, when we go to God and allow Him to bear the weight of our burdens, it’s pleasing to Him as well.

Imagine yourself carrying something heavy and coming to the realization that you could probably really hurt yourself doing it. Then, a man, someone better equipped to carry that thing, offers his help. You allow him to do so, you don’t injure yourself, and the job gets done. At the end of it all, he feels good about himself as well.

Now imagine that same man coming to offer his help and instead, you reject his offer and struggle the entire time trying to prove that you can do it. Now you’re sore. Your “strength” wasn’t really strength but an illusion of control.

God invites us to bring our burdens to Him and lay them at His feet. At the end of the day, I sit in my prayer chair under my blanket, and I give it all to God because I know He is better equipped to handle my problems than I am, and I’m going to be sore—drained, frustrated, and anxious if I try to carry it all myself. Afterwards, I go to bed resting in His strength.

When we stop fighting for control, we are able to see the strength that comes in surrendering. When we surrender to what is and rely on God, we begin to see that when we are weak, we are strong.

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