“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7, NIV).
I am His servant, and an instrument for Him to use. Sometimes I forget that I am only an instrument, and try to control things. I take the responsibility upon myself, and it is not mine to take. He is my Master, and He becomes Lord of my life when I allow Him to have control. Here are two words that I deal with daily–absolute surrender. That is what He says I must do. It is not my purpose to orchestrate my life. It is His. If I plan, I will fail. I have discovered this over and over again.
In quietness and trust is my strength (Isaiah 30:15). In surrender to His will, I find rest and peace. He carries my burdens when I surrender control to Him. It is foolish for me to try to carry my own burden. He knows ALL, sees ALL, hears ALL, and, being ALL-powerful, He longs to direct ALL in my life. When I don't surrender all of me to His greater ALL, then I carry my own burden. Instead of giving my burden to Him, I bear its weight and responsibility, when He, by His loving sacrifice, is able to carry ALL for me.
His All instead of my all! My all is nowhere in His league. It is nothing in the great plan He has for my life. Dying to my own will is my way to let go, and allow Him have control. This is my cross that He offers me. To take His “yoke upon me” is to allow Him to guide and instruct me in the way I should go. (Matthew 11:30).When I give up control of everything, my burden is light because He directs and He is responsible for what happens. The cross I am given is the one upon which I allow Him to crucify my will. My burden becomes light when I surrender my will. He then bears the weight of control. When I surrender to His purpose, nothing hinders His joy and peace in my life. I am free of life's burden of responsibility because I have allowed Him to carry that weight and direct my life.