Today’s Truth

This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses since He had the same temptations we do, though He never once gave way to them and sinned. So let us come boldly to the very throne of God and stay there to receive His mercy and to find grace to help us in our times of need.

Hebrews 4:15-16

Friend to Friend

I learn a lot from our grandchildren. Justus, our eight-year-old grandson, came up with what I thought was an ingenious plan for disobedience when he was a toddler. Our daughter called one day, laughing. “Mom, I have to tell you what your grandson just said.”

Now when Danna refers to Justus as “your grandson” it generally means he has done something wrong – an extremely rare occurrence as far as I can tell.

Danna said, “I told Justus it was time to put away his toys and get ready for his nap. He stopped what he was doing, and I could tell he was seriously thinking about what I had asked him to do. Then his eyes sparkled, and he let out a huge sigh. It was obvious he had made a decision. Justus then smiled sweetly and said, ‘No tank you, Mama. Maybe tomowow!”

Maybe tomorrow.

I often do the same thing when God asks me to do something. I want to obey Him. But right now, it is inconvenient, and I just don’t want to do it. Maybe tomorrow I will.

I wonder.

Did Jesus question God or wonder why He had agreed to such a ridiculous plan? Seriously. Giving up heaven for earth – a throne for a manger? To live among frail humanity bent on self-destruction. To suffer and die for people who hated Him, tortured and betrayed him, and thought He was nothing more than a fraud?

Did Jesus find it hard to obey God?

If I am brutally honest, I tend to think the obedience of Jesus came a lot easier to Him than it does to me. After all, He was fully God and fully man – an enigma my skeptical mind and doubting heart simply can’t comprehend.

That is when I play the God card. Really. How hard could it have been for Jesus to obey God? How could He give into temptation? He was God.

But He was also man.

During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission. Son though He was, He learned obedience from what He suffered (Hebrews 5:7-8, NIV).

God did not give Jesus the power to obey simply because He was His Son. Jesus learned obedience the same way we must learn obedience – through desperate cries for strength to make the right choices and through tears of anguish and repentance when we make the wrong choices.

Jesus found the strength to obey God through a holy and radical submission to God. He learned obedience through pain and suffering. The word “learned” indicates a continual choice and the ongoing process of falling down, learning the lesson each failure holds, and getting back up again – determined to make the right choice. And we must do the same, knowing and willingly accepting the fact that surrender is costly, painful, life changing – and worth it all.

God’s truth is for today – not tomorrow.

Let’s Pray

Father, I come to You, laying down my plan and embracing Yours. Give me the strength to obey You. When I fail, please forgive me, and help me begin again. Today, I choose to live a life of obedience to You. I surrender.

In Jesus’ Name,


Now It’s Your Turn

Read Psalm 119:34. Record it in your journal, and make it your prayer today.

Psalm 119:34 Give me understanding, so that I may keep Your law and obey it with all my heart (Psalm 119:34, NIV). 

What is God asking you to do – today? Are you willing to step out in faith and obey Him? Do it!

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7 Responses to “The Price of Surrender”

  1. Sandy says:

    Thank you for this on time message.Prayers and blessings from our Abba Father whom we were called to serve everyday. I pray for that closer walk with Him and those He has called for us to walk with.

  2. Deb says:

    Could not sleep…read this sometime before 4 a.m. Then after laying in bed wrestling with my heart-I got up to write in my journal. AGAIN…exactly what my heart needed to hear-although I didn’t feel like I wanted to hear. This “theme” has been coming over & over to my heart-in different ways, by different means lately but the message is still the same. Surrender-complete obedience…which I thought I was doing…I have lived my life trying to make, keep & cause others to be happy, stay happy-living for others, pleasing them…making them my God. The other day I was asked …is God your God or is_____ your God? Who are you doing this for? What?!? Surrender-…needs to go to my God alone. Surrender is costly, surrender is not pain free-surrender IS life changing-surrender IS worth it all. It is what I want in my life. I want God to be my God! It is failing, learning, getting back up & moving forward again-and again & again!! Determining to refocus & make the right choice. Thank you yet again for speaking Gods truth-if for no one else’s ears but mine this early morning!!! Thankful I came across Girlfriends in God-some time ago now…it has many times been used of God to work in my heart.

  3. PL Sidney says:

    Today’s message is a little disconcerting for me. We are absolutely certain that Jesus never sinned, otherwise we would be lost and our faith would be in vain. But it appears that you may be implying that Jesus failed or made wrong choices and I don’t believe that is correct.
    I usually love and greatly benefit from these messages. Even when I don’t agree. It makes me dig into scripture to confirm my belief or to discover I may have misinterpreted something or found a different point of view. So, I thank you most sincerely.

  4. Diane says:

    Thank you!! I have been struggling with this for a while. Just what I needed to hear! To know that my Savior has gone through the exact same feelings and struggles. And leaving a roadmap for how to work through it!! The Word is just as relevant today. Thank you Jesus!!

  5. kimmie says:

    This is tiny but I still felt it. I’m in my 5th year of substitute teaching. We’ve moved to an online system this year. Yesterday 6 kindergarten and 1st grade teachers popped up needing subs. God bless them all but I try to avoid the littles classes!

    I said to myself (or so I thought), “If no one has picked up Janie’s class by this afternoon, I’ll take it.” Then evening….then before bed.

    Then I heard God the 3rd or 4th time and got where it was coming from.

    This morning, Janie’s spot hadn’t been picked up yet so I took her day on Monday.

    God is persistant!!


  6. I had to laugh at this, I had the habit of saying, maybe tomorrow, my prayers would be answered. I was taught to wait on the Lord. He has His time, but He’s not that slow. And He was a man as well as God, He felt every lash, suffered every humiliation, and was tempted to give up. He was perfect and rely on the Holy Spirit, shouldn’t we?

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