Surrender is not something that is easy. It is not hard to say that we are willing to surrender when it doesn’t cost us anything, but true surrender can be painful. True surrender is not subject to our rationale, nor is it true surrender unless it is complete and exhaustive. It means saying to God not only “Your will be done” but also “not my will”.
If you’ve heard about the will of God but are worried that you may have missed it, don’t worry. It is possible for all of us to reconnect with the will of God for our lives. How can we know this?
In Revelation 13:8 it says that Jesus was the lamb who was slain “from the foundation of the world.” – He died for us before the world was even made, before Adam and Eve turned away from God… and this is possible because God is outside of time.
Inside the world-renowned building of Westminster Abbey hangs a memorial stone for John and Charles Wesley that reads, “God buries His workmen, but carries on His work.” The Wesley brothers are well-recognised for the impact that God made through their lives, and their legacy lives on despite them having passed away many generations ago. Like these brothers, we too can choose to be obedient and faithful, becoming like rocket boosters in the hands of God.
All across the world right now, people are preparing for Christmas. For some, this time of the year brings joy and happiness and for others reflection, or even perhaps regret or pain as they look back over former years.
Whatever your personal feelings at this time of year, Christmas is meant to be a time filled with joy and hope. The Saviour of the world is born in an unassuming stable; He is Immanuel - God with us, born of a virgin; God himself wrapped in human flesh.
There are times and seasons in God’s will. If we learn God’s will but don’t understand that there are times and seasons in our lives and in the processes of fulfilling God’s will, we can easily become frustrated. The Apostle Paul experienced this personally, saying in Galatians 6:9 (NKJV) “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
Over the years, through many different lives and situations, God has demonstrated his will in 5 different stages. These are: