This is your B moment. Your moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today I am encouraging you to surrender with a smile.

Recently we wrapped up our series on unanswered prayer. We talked about doing three things when it appeared as though our prayer was going unanswered. 

First, we said we would trust God in His silence. Second, we would rejoice—even when we saw no proof or sign that our prayer was being answered. Third, we would move from a state of preoccupation to a state of peace by releasing our prayer into God’s hands.

In the last series we talked about what we needed to do. In this series, titled “Hold Up Don’t Fold Up,” we’re addressing the how. Typically, if you’re like me and you’re still awaiting an answer to your prayer, you likely tell yourself something like, “God’s time, not my time.” 

In many instances, we’re trying to console and comfort ourselves in that moment. In fact, there have been many times when I have uttered that phrase “God’s time, not my time” with tears streaming down my face. 

Here is what I’ve learned since those days: in every instance—not in most, but in every single instance—God was working out the entire situation for my good. What felt like waiting in vain now felt like waiting in hope. This deeper understanding inspired me to surrender to God’s timing with a smile. 

As you think about that, remember these words: “Let us approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)

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So today, smile.