Something Better by Peggi Tustan

By June 10, 2021August 5th, 2021Growing in Faith, Women, Women

Abraham Series: Part 1, Genesis 12

I surrender! In the eyes of the world, it’s a declaration of defeat. In the eyes of God, however, surrender is our first step to victory. Our spiritual journeys begin with an act of surrender. We lay our lives on the altar to follow Jesus.

Abraham’s spiritual journey also began with an act of surrender. “Go from your country, your people and your father’s house to the land I will show you,” the Lord commanded (Genesis 12:1). He called Abraham to leave behind everything familiar and follow him. He didn’t give Abraham details. He basically said, “Step out and trust me.”

God does not force us to surrender. We make the choice. We live with the consequences of our choice. When God asks us to surrender, however, he has a reason. While preparing to teach on this subject, with trepidation, I kept asking the Lord, “Is there anything you want me to surrender?”

“Peggi, you are focusing on the wrong thing,” I sensed his reply. “You fear what I may ask you to give up. When I ask you to surrender something, it’s because I want to replace it with something better. Focus on the better thing I have for you. Even if, like Abraham, you don’t know exactly what that better thing will be.”

In Abraham’s case, though God provided few details on where he was going, God definitely promised something better:

“I will make you into a great nation.
I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others.
I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt.
All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”
Genesis 12:2–3 NLT

Abraham’s forefathers worshiped the moon and idols of wood and stone. Abraham would come to know, love, and worship the living and true God. Now, that’s something better!

Surrender is tied to trust. The more we know God, the more we understand his character and trust his heart, the more willing we are to surrender. God loves us! His will is good, perfect, and far better than anything we can conceive for ourselves. We can trust him. So, let’s take that first step to victory and say, “God, I surrender!”

Full devotion (to God) is a state of our hearts when our
understanding of truth is equal to our level of surrender.
–Mindy Caliguire, Discovering Soul Care

Questions to ponder:

  • Is there anything you need to leave behind (surrender) to better know and love God?
  • Is God asking you to surrender something specific: a habit, desire, dream, or relationship perhaps? If so, remember God has something better for you. Ask God for the strength and desire to take this step of surrender.
  • Surrender is not a one-and-done deal. It is a continual discipline for every child of God. Every day is a new opportunity to lay our lives on his altar and surrender our future to him.

Next Month: Abraham Part 2 – Don’t Be Afraid!