MEMORY VERSE:

“Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.” Job 22:21


REFLECTION

First and foremost, Eliphaz, one of Job’s friends was the one who gave Job this advice. The counsel he gave is true and remains true, but in the circumstance and situation he used them has a wrong implication. He was saying that Job had hitherto not known God and that prosperity in this life would follow his sincere conversion. We’re not going to be addressing Eliphaz’s assumption here, but we’ll be talking about the art of submitting to the LORD in all situations.

Sister Allison Fallon wrote a small but sensible article on her blog, storylineblog.com, which gave me a new sense of the subject of submission. She says,

“…A few years ago, I started writing. And there were several things that were significant about that change in profession for me, but one of the least significant things actually became the most significant, when I discovered the meaning of the word submit. As a writer, I began to submit things to people all the time. And the word submit, in the writing profession, didn’t mean anything like I assumed it meant when it came to “submitting” to God.

“When I submit a piece of writing to a magazine, or a publisher, I do tons of research first. I want to know what the publication is looking for, what kind of content matters to them, what their DNA is, what their audience is like. I come with a strong idea—one I’m fairly certain they’ll like (because I know them pretty well)—and I’ve spent hours and hours, not to mention sweat and tears, refining this idea to make it perfect.

“I’ve labored over this piece of art, this article or book. I’ve poured my whole self into it. I’ve spent days, weeks, even years sometimes on the couch, or in coffee shops, early in the morning, or late at night.

“Then, I “submit” it to the editor or publisher and say, with as much confidence as I can muster, “this is the best I can do. I’ve given you everything I have. But I realize I might have missed some things. Will you help me make it better?”

“I give them full reign to open the document, to use a red pen. They make some changes (which are mandatory), and some suggestions (which are not). Then, I take it back and get back to work.

Isn’t it interesting to learn from a writer’s perspective that the process of “submission” is never over? We’re never done refining, working, making things better.

After the writer has done his best, he must give it all to the editor and expect changes to be made.

I believe this aptly sums up what the LORD expects from us. Submission is not something we say we have done once. It’s something we’ll keep doing, day by day, week by week, month by month and year by year. We’ll keep saying to the LORD,

“Here am I, O LORD. I submit to THEE in this situation. I submit to THEE in this matter”

In every situation we find ourselves, in deciding for college, in choosing a job, when we face trials, in grief and in moments of loss, we submit to the LORD. When we submit, we must expect the LORD to make some changes. Even when we don’t hear back from HIM on time, it doesn’t mean He is not working in our lives and in the situations. He’ll surely get back to us in time.

James 4:7 says to “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” The Greek word “submit” used in this verse is ‘hupotasso’, which is a military term for submitting to rank. Like a private submits himself to a sergeant, to place or rank under, to subject, to obey, that sort of thing.

It never happens just once. It’s a continuous process.

So submit yourself to the LORD in the circumstance that you find yourself and let God move and bring you release and breakthrough.


PRAYERS:

“LORD Jesus, help me to submit to THEE in all situations of life. Help me to understand Your work in my life and to remain at PEACE in THEE.

LORD, as I submit to THEE, I resist the devil and whatever fights my total submission.

Once again, LORD, I confess that though it may look like I’ve not heard from YOU, You are working to bring about the necessary changes and results to make me better.

Thank YOU Jesus.”

FURTHER READING:

Psalm 34:10, Psalm 40:8, Psalm 143:10, Ephesians 5:1-3

 

Culled from the Book, INNER PEACE

Daniel C. Okpara is the author of numerous best-selling books, including, What Do You Have in Your House?, Parable of the Serpent, Pillars of Excellence in Life and Business, Take it By Force, Prayer Wave, and Many others. He is the founder of Better Life World Outreach Center, a non-denominational ministry dedicated to global evangelism and equipping of God's people to live a better life. He is also the founder of Breakthrough Prayers Foundation www.breakthroughprayers.org), an online portal leading people all over the world to encounter God and change their lives through prayer. He has authored over 50 books on business, prayer, relationship, and investment.

5 Comments
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    EVANGELIST SUNDAY GREAT C. July 4, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    “SUBMIT” is a word, a fact, and a matter that is like too difficult to the people of this present dispensation.
    However, “SUBMISSIOM” unto God does not mean when in difficult times only. lt meant in everything. Therefoe, “SUBMIT” your money, your wealth, your time, your whole personality, your house hold, your inteligency, your properties, your thoughts etc, therefore into the mghty hand of God, and He will….
    But majority of so-called wives of these last days do not SUBMIT to their husband anymore, how could men SUBMIT TO GOD??????
    Remember the rich man and JESUS in the Bible.

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    Crystal Jones July 4, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Thank you for being obeidient in sending this to me today God truly used you!!! I needed this confirmation for the things of this world that have presented itself to form as a distraction and cuz me to take my eyes of God. Thank you, may the blessings of God continue to overtake you & your family

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    Phernesta Stewart July 5, 2017 at 5:05 am

    Through this devotional I understand that submission to God is continual. There are always going to be different circumstances and siturations in my walk with God. Each of which must be submitted to God for his divine intervention.
    This has blessed as well as movited me to turn all that concerns me over to my Heavenly Father n

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    Kathy Graham July 5, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Powerful word of encouragement. Thank you so much ?

  5. Reply
    Kimberly July 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    This was extremely timely for me as I have been trying to focus on following the direction of the Holy Spirit. This article helped me see that I’m not just asking Him for advise, I’m offering all that I am to Him to use as He sees fit. Thank you.

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