War occurs when two or more nations are at odds and neither party will compromise. Generally, no nation is inclined to give in while it is strong and has high morale. Only when war has taken its toll and one side cannot see any hope of victory will it consider surrender.
One of the hardest things about Christian living is to accept God’s plan instead of our own. Until we do, we are at war with God, which won’t be resolved until someone surrenders. We Christians can be stubborn, but we must remember that God is immutable. He can never change. He doesn’t need to – He is perfect and we are not!
Even so, we often still feel we know what is best for ourselves and expect God to compromise His plans and bless ours. But God will never compromise His perfect position – we must compromise ours.
God is patient. He allows adversities in life (often self-induced) to shoot down our
self-dependence and blast away our arrogance. Eventually, when our failed solutions have taken their toll, we will consider surrender and reluctantly come to God with our conditions.
However, even surrender cannot be on our terms – it must be on God’s terms and must be unconditional. Only then can God finally work through us and His wonderful plan will be revealed to the eternal glory of Himself and OUR everlasting delight and happiness.
As Paul wrote to the church at Galatia…
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
Are you willing to give up, let go, and let God do His work in your life? Only then can He live His life through you.