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When We Give Things Up to God

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. -Psalm 143:8 (NIV)

To live in this world, we must make many choices and some things we just don’t have control over. For example; we can’t make others love us and we can’t control the choices other make. What we can control is surrendering ourselves and our concerns to the Lord and we can imagine laying this at the feet of Christ. I tend to give things over to God then find myself taking it back. It’s a mind game that takes practice when the “thing” arrives back in my thoughts then I need to reprogram and send it back to God.

Sometimes I will say, “Nope, I already gave that up, I’m not taking it back.”

When my dad’s health was deteriorating, I knew that God has the power to heal and it is He who gives us life. The morning of my dad’s passing, I had prayerfully laid my dad at the feet of Jesus. I knew anything was possible with God. Then my dad passed away that afternoon as our family entered his hospital room. Then I recalled several other folks I had surrendered to God and they all went away and are no longer in my life. I asked God, “Why is it that when I surrender something over to You, You take it away?” I heard a still small voice in my heart answer, “You asked me to take care of this didn’t you?”

Maybe we have pain, sorrow, addiction, resentment, unforgiveness, and so on that need to go away. And maybe the things that the Lord takes care of for us are the best alternative for reasons unbeknownst to us. We just have to trust that He knows what is best. Heavenly Father, thank You for taking care of the things we give to You, thank You that You are trustworthy and that You teach us to surrender our lives to You because You are our hope.

This devotion by author, Terrie Miles, is exclusively and solely shared with permission to New Beginnings Church.

Any unauthorized printed reproduction, sharing, or use of this material is prohibited.

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