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May 12, 1990

God Is My CEO: The Surrendered Will

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Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. PSALM 143:10
If God is our CEO, then we have surrendered our will to His. Do we plan? Absolutely. We plan tenaciously, but we remain open to His supernatural redirection. How many times do we have things figured out but end up missing His real provision?
God has the directional leadership of our lives. His hands are on the steering wheel, not ours. He knows the way. In fact, He is the Way (John 14:6). There is no better place we can be. If we know Him and His character, then trusting Him is second nature. He cannot lead us down a wrong path because He is perfect. He will not take His eye off the road because He is faithful. We can trust Him fully and completely. It’s a learning process, but He will teach us.
First, He will teach us in His Word. Scripture contains dozens of stories of men and women who followed the Lord against all odds and saw Him come through time and time again.
Second, He will teach us through others. We need to surround ourselves with people who will challenge us in our faith. Do you have someone who pushes you spiritually, a faithful friend who calls out blind spots and holds you to your commitments?
Third, He will teach us through our circumstances. It is very easy to follow Him on good days. But what happens when the bad week turns into a bad month and then a bad year? How we respond to prolonged difficulty says a lot about our character, our theology, and our walk with Jesus.
If we are going to surrender our will to Him, then we have to know His will. This takes a discerning ear, one that can hear His voice in the many different ways that He speaks to us. Being able to correctly handle the Word of God, the words of friends, and the situations of life is essential.
If we are going to surrender our wills to Him, then we have to carry out His will. This takes courageous faith. It’s not a sit-on-the-sidelines kind of faith, but a roll-up- your-shirt-sleeves-and-get-to-work kind of faith. Faith requires action. As the saying goes, “Work as if it all depended on you. Pray as if it all depended on Him.”

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