BOOK OF JAMES:
by Debonnie Barnes
Submit is a word that, personally, makes me cringe. The word has been hijacked, abused, and misused to the point where no one wants to even hear the word. But yet, there it is. Right there in the Bible. Over the years, I’ve had to come to terms with what this word really means and why submission is so important in our walk with God.
Let me just preface this by saying: if there is anyone you should be willing, comfortable, and feel safe to submit to, it’s God. He will never hurt you, leave you, slander you, force anything on you, or abuse you. He ONLY EVER wants what’s best for you. He is a GOOD father. That’s why we can feel safe in our decision to follow and submit to him.
According to the world, submission is something that gives way to abuse, being passive, allowing yourself to be demeaned and controlled. This is not the reality of submission.
Choosing humility over pride, love over hate, submission over selfishness, submission over shallowness, and submission over slander. Sounds easy, right? It is not! It goes against ever fiber of our human nature, and if we’re being completely honest, sometimes it hurts. Those real emotions are difficult to rise above. Forgiving those who have hurt you, putting others before yourself, giving to others when you don’t have much, setting your own feelings aside.
Sometimes I want to revert back into a child and say, “I don’t wanna so I’m not gonna!” And stomp out of the room. But God calls us to do these difficult things because He knows what’s on the other side of that action. He sees to the potential you don’t have eyes to see yet.
He knows that on the other side of forgiveness is freedom. On the other side of selflessness is blessing. He knows that while you pour yourself out for other people, He will be right there filling you back up. It hurts at the moment, but once you buck up and do it, wow. What a feeling of peace and joy that washes over you!
Many times, I’ve struggled to be faithful in showing love the way God has called me to, but He has done so much for me at such a young age that it would be utterly disrespectful for me to not do the one thing He’s asked me to do. And every time I submit to His will, He blesses me with everything I needed and more. He asked me for 10%, and gave me 1000% in return. He is a good God. Always has been, and always will be. I can trust him with my soul, my finances, and all of my needs, because He is my provider.
Proverbs 16:3 - Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.