What If God Asked You for Your Permission…

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If God asked you for permission before He allowed your life to get painful and messy, I imagine like me, you would quickly reply, "I don't want to!"

If God asked you for permission before He allowed your life to get painful and messy, I imagine like me, you would quickly reply, “I don’t want to!

“I don’t want to . . . endure, suffer, grieve, lose, forfeit, repent, surrender, forgive, etc.”

“It’s too hard. It’s too painful. I’m not strong enough. I can’t do it.”

I’ve not only found myself saying the words. I had a time when with fist clenched, like a spoiled four year old, I shook my hand at the heavens and shouted, “I don’t want to!” Not once, not twice, but probably half a dozen times.

I knew the Holy Spirit had spoken to my heart. I knew it was more than time to surrender a situation . . . to lay it at the throne of grace and let God be God in every area of my life.

But God was not acting fast enough. I cried and prayed. I searched for solutions. I tried everything and anything I could to end the pain and clean up the mess. God’s timetable was not matching my wants.

After yet another tantrum, as my shouts slowly turned to streams of flowing tears, I reached a place of stillness and heard the Holy Spirit quietly whispered, “Let it go. It’s time. Let it go

I answered,  “I don’t want to, but if You want me to then You will have to pull it from my clenched fist and take it from me. I will trust You to know and do what is best, but I still don’t want to!

Not exactly a surrender I’m proud of; nonetheless, one that God chose to receive in grace and mercy.

And although it’s hard to explain or understand, I could almost feel my clenched fists relax along with the emotion I held so tightly.

Like a gentle parent, the Lord coaxed from my life what He knew was harmful and tenderly said, “It’s going to be okay. Trust Me. I will take care of this for you.

Too often, we believe we need to have the strength of will to surrender, but…

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Surrender trusts that God’s will is best.

Surrender trusts that God will give me strength when I have none of my own. 

Surrender is Jesus in the Garden:

“Abba, Father,” He cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want Your will to be done, not mine.” Mark 14:36

Surrender is David crying out in faith:

In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and He answered by setting me free. Psalm 118:5

Surrender is you and me trusting God will give everything we need:

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

“Whatever God is urging you to clear away cannot begin to be compared to what He ultimately wants to bring you.” ~ Beth Moore

God’s love is so great. His grace is sufficient. He offers freedom to tantrum throwing spoiled children and waits patiently  when we cry, “I don’t want to!” 

And He never stops whispering, “Let it go. Trust me.

What are you holding in a clenched fist? When have you heard His whispered offer to surrender?

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11 thoughts on “What If God Asked You for Your Permission…

    1. Oh Helene, It’s so hard to let go of our struggles. I can hand something over and take it back with annoying frequency. By God’s grace the goal is to open our hands and let go as often as necessary until our grasp relaxes for good. Thanks so much for visiting and stopping to share.

  1. It can be so hard to surrender sometimes even when we know that He knows best. When we finally do surrender we see that He is faithful; He can be trusted; He loves us; He knew what we needed all along. I’m trying to learn to not be so stubborn and try to do things in my own strength, but to turn to Him first rather than waiting.

    1. He can be trusted Gayl! I’m ashamed of the times I’m sure my way is best. Praising God that He never gives up on me even when I’m foolish and stubborn. Blessings to you!

  2. I aim to live with my hands open for the wrestling can be brutal. So glad for grace to enable us to lay down our lives. And ultimately live free from what it is that might keep us from the best that God has for us.

    Glad you linked up at #TheLoft today!

    1. Oh, I agree Kathy! Open hands would never be possible without His grace. But through grace He has blessed me, even through the letting go that I never believed I could do. Faith to trust that it is all for His glory and my good. Thanks so much for visiting and stopping to say “hello.”

    2. Thanks Kathy. Living with open hands in complete surrender is my constant prayer. It took me way to long to learn that is the best way always. Many blessings to you!

  3. Hello Deb, so glad you could link up with us today at The Loft. I have been guilty in the past of clinched-fisted surrender. It is never the best way, but God does give grace. For that I am grateful! Thankfully, I’m learning to hold things loosely, so that when He takes them, He doesn’t have to break my fingers!!! Would be blessed if you could mention in your post that you have linked up with us at The Loft. Have a blessed day.

  4. Deb, I like this line best: He offers freedom to tantrum throwing spoiled children and waits patiently when we cry, “I don’t want to!” This has been me lately, wrestling with Him and crying out that I don’t want to. I’m so grateful for His patience!
    Jen 🙂

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