We value what we trust. It’s what makes us sign for a $100,000 loan on the word of a house inspector who says, “The foundation and structure is sound.” We value something or someone because they’ve shown themselves trustworthy. Trust is one of the biggest factors of living in freedom.
Freedom is the ability to live the way we were designed – fully alive (here’s why). The key to not living as a slave requires surrender to God (the Designer). Although the word “surrender” makes us shudder a little, it may be different than you think.
Surrender doesn’t look like the oil paintings in history books. Freedom won’t ever be seen with his head hung low in defeat trudging back with a shell-shocked army. True surrender is more like Sarah Connor’s response to in Terminator 2 when Arnold looks at her and says,
“Come with me if you want to live.”
Sure, you’re not getting gunned down by a T-1000…yet. But, like Sarah Connor, you have a choice to make, and it’s all about trust. For her, it meant taking the hand of a man she didn’t know well. Either trust him or take on an enemy much stronger than her. She chose to surrender and take his hand.
Biblical surrender is not an admission of defeat, but an act of trust. It takes the hand of a Savior who looks at us and says, “Come with Me if you want to live.”
Most people stay there staring at His hand. They don’t value the words because they don’t trust the Voice speaking them. We value what we trust. So, they choose bondage and never live fully alive. Nevertheless, I think they can learn to trust. Here’s why:
Psalm 119:40, “Your promise is well tried, and your servant loves it.”
Did you catch that? He doesn’t value God’s promises out of obligation or because someone a long time ago told him that was what you were supposed to do. He loved God’s words because he trusted them, and he trusted them because he tried them. The Hebrew word pictures it as gold that’s been refined by fire.
It’s easy to trust something that’s tried and true.
Most of those people staring blankly at God’s hand are the ones who have never given His promises a shot. In fact, it’s the only angle Satan has in this fight. He’s used it from the beginning.
In Genesis 3, Adam and Eve rebelled against God and spiralled humanity because they believed a lie that began with “Has God really said…?” The lineage of every sin can be traced back to that question. Chains are forged in its fire and there we sit looking up at the Man’s hand as He says, “I can break those. Come with me if you want to live.”
Do you value His words? Do you trust Him enough to grab His hand and take another step? Maybe it’s because you haven’t tried them for yourself.
Not sure where to start? Check out Psalm 119, it’s one of my favorites.
Freedom could be on the other side of those words. But don’t take my word for it. Give it a shot.