3/26/2020 7:00:00 AM In Times Of Trouble, Pray--And Surrender
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Dr. Stanley Spence, Pastor First Baptist Church, Lincolnton, N.C.
The tough reality is we are just at the end of the beginning of an historic event. How does one cope with this level of disruption? At no time in the last sixty years has there been such overwhelming, universal concern for the loss of life.
The anxiousness that accompanies such unknown experiences can help us understand the path Jesus took to the cross. After such a beautiful picture of brotherhood, the Lord’s Supper was completed and off they went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. It was on this night Jesus prayed for His upcoming suffering. “Father if there be any other way, let this cup pass from me,” He said. He struggled with the stress of His situation; and yet, when He got up from His knees, He declared, “not my will, but Yours, be done.”
This reminds us of the obedience to which our lives should surrender. Surrender is a far more challenging position to take than we may realize. Surrendering is not the same thing as spinelessness. It means yielding your rights to a purpose greater than a preference you might have. Far too often we have chosen to follow our desires rather than even considering God’s plan. This isn’t hard to understand but, it is a challenge to follow through. I like to think of it as embracing God’s purpose and work for my own. I think of it as a friend of mine did, “what is God doing in this person’s life and how can He use me to help?”
Our lives seem built for winning and losing. But the underlying wisdom here is by surrendering to God, you do come through with victory. As Jesus was raised from the dead, it becomes a principle for us, when we surrender to the Heavenly Father, our lives receive the victory by His work no matter what the world sees. In other words, our victory is God’s victory and His victory becomes ours. We marry ourselves to His unfolding plans and purposes.
During this virus outbreak, trust in the God who made you; receive the wisdom of those who govern and set medical treatment protocols; and finally, leave the results to God as to how they get woven into the tapestry He is weaving in this world. This is where true peace comes from, trusting the Lord to order the outcomes of our lives.
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