Yesterday, I had a conversation with one of my mentees. She was sharing with me her difficulty with surrendering to God in a certain area of her life. “He wants me to take a blind leap without understanding why!” she expressed. “I want the full understanding of the why before I do so.”
I smiled lovingly and spoke to her about how trustworthy He is. I gently suggested, “In every area where you don’t really trust Him fully, you don’t know Him fully. Once your heart comes to really know Him, you will spontaneously trust Him. This is because His heart is sheer goodness. The only motivation for everything He ever does is love.”
I then shared this Scripture with her. “…The revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past… now revealed and made known… so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith” (Rom. 16:25-26, NIV). “You see that phrase? ‘The obedience that comes from faith,” I emphasized. “Genuine faith produces obedience. When we really trust His heart, deeply believing what He says, obedience will be our instinctive response.”
I also highlighted for her what this Scripture says about the revealing of “the mystery hidden for long ages past”. I explained, “When God reveals to you the mystery of who He is, this is where trust is born. What if every day you ask Him to show you who He is?”
She nodded, agreeing. “I can do that,” she stated thoughtfully.
So now I will add my prayers to hers, “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give [her] the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that [she] may know him better…” (Eph. 1:17, NIV).
Today, I am praying this for you and me, too, my friend. The more we receive His Spirit of revelation, the better we will know Him. The better we know Him, the deeper we will love and trust Him… and the more obedience will become the innate expression of our lives.
Glorious Abba Father, give us this day our daily bread: the revelation of Your heart!
Why do you think that God often asks us to surrender an area of our lives to Him without giving us a “complete explanation” first?