I remember thinking as a young boy, “No one is going to tell me what to do!” A rebellious spirit is nothing new to me. It is always difficult for me to understand and obey verses in the Bible such as:
Submit yourselves therefore to God. James 4:7a ESV
Amazingly, the eternal God has made surrender to Him a conscious, voluntary choice. Making the Lord preeminent in my life requires submission to Him and His Will – ouch! I submit by choosing, obeying and serving God.
When I submit to myself and my will, I become dressed in arrogance. Interestingly, when I submit to God and His will I become dressed in humility. I wonder which is the better look?
Will you join me this week in praying like the Puritan Richard Baxter did? “Lord, what thou wilt, where thou wilt, and when thou wilt.”