Thursday, November 03, 2011
The Best Word We Ever Despised
The wisdom of God can’t be intellectually proven any more than can the existence of God. When Dick Onerecker arrived on that bridge, there was no rational, empirical reason he could offer—to others or even to himself—for going to Don Piper’s body to pray. Don Piper was dead. And yet, God impressed on Onerecker the need to do what didn’t make sense. The wisdom of doing that was vindicated when a dead man started singing, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” The apostle Paul says that even “God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom.”Surrender is not a word that comes easily to us. It feels like failure - and yet, here my friend Mark has laid it out for us. Surrender to Christ is victory. It is a victory of proportions and in ways that we cannot truly imagine. It is the only true victory.
In verse 25 of our Gospel lesson, Jesus prays: “I thank You, Father…because You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.”
Jesus isn’t telling Christians to check their brains in at the Baptismal font.
We don’t need to dumb down. But we do need to wise up!
God told King Solomon 1000 years earlier: “There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way of death.”
But more than answers to our questions or our prayers, more than control, and more than our own ways, we need Jesus.
And when we take hold of Him, we have peace. In Jesus, even in the midst of life’s uncertainties, we can live in the certainty of His peace.
If you’ve been holding back any part of your life from Christ, turn to Him now. Tell Him, “Lord, Thy will be done. Truly, Thy will be done.”
If you’re like me, you’ll have to pray that prayer countless times every day.
But as we surrender all the pieces of our lives, the peace of Christ will come to us.
We’ll find rests for our souls.
To trust in Christ is the way of wisdom and, one day, God will vindicate all who trust in Him.
And so, despite the fact that I do despise the word 'surrender,' I find that I must.