Surrender: The Optical Illusion of Power
Many of us think that we have control of our lives. Many of us think that we have power down here, the power to make everyday decisions, and the power to decide what happens to us day-by-day. But if we look closely, we’ll soon realize, that’s actually not the case.
In job 26:1-2, job comes to this realization that man has no power and no strength in of himself. He says: “How you have helped him who has no power. How you have saved the arm that has no strength.”
Job went through incredible trials. If we look back at Job 1:7-8 we see a spiritual conversation between God and the Devil. Job 1:7-8 says: “The Lord said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” 8 And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?”
In this conversation, God is using job as an instrument to show the devil God’s glory and God’s power. But the devil doesn’t believe Job will stand strong, if he is tested. In the end, job stands strong and worships God in all his pain and trials and we see his response in (Job 1:20-22): ”20 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” 22 In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.
What Job realized was that God was orchestrating these trials. He realized God was in complete control. Even though, he couldn’t see the conversation between God and the Devil, Job submitted himself to the design and will of the Father, and he eventually realized there was something bigger going on then what he could see with the human eye, something supernatural and eternal.
An optical illusion is an illusion of the mind. It’s something that deceives the eye by appearing to be other than it is. And this is true for many of us in our lives, since many of us live our lives disillusioned. When we think about our lives and the control or power that we think we have over our life we are believing and seeing an optical illusion of power. We think we are in control, but we fail to realize that God is in full control of our day, our weeks, our months, our years, our breath, our lives and our eternal destination.
Luke 12:24-26 says: “Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap; they have no storehouse or barn, yet God feeds them. How much more valuable are you than the birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifespan? So if you cannot do such a small thing, why do you worry about the rest?”
When we surrender complete control of our lives, and we come to the end of ourselves, — the place where Job came — we soon realize we have no power, and no strength outside of God and that’s when we can make the spiritual switch to truly encounter a supernatural type of power and we are able to truly be free to let God live and lead through us. But in order to do this, it requires full and complete surrender. That’s where the real power of life is found: in Christ.
For some of us, maybe you have never placed your trust in God or never surrendered your life to God’s design and His purpose. It may be that you are restless and not at peace, because you want to believe in the optical illusion of power, you want to believe that you are in control of your life, where you go and what will happen, but you don’t want to surrender control even though deep down you know true peace is waiting patiently for you on the other side of surrendering your life to the almighty Savior.
On the other hand, it may be that you are going through incredibly hard trials, like Job. Maybe, you are going through trials that seem like they have stolen your life, your identity, your enjoyment, your positive mindset, your strength, your control and maybe even stolen your will to live and instead of falling down in worship towards God, you are angry and bitter towards God.
When we go through trials or things that don’t make any logical-sense, we can look at the story of Job and see that the Father in Heaven may be doing something supernatural that we cannot understand, and we can see that God is using us as mighty and powerful instruments for glory and see that God still has a perfect plan and purpose for us being here, today.
Job realized he actually had no power. He realized he had no control and instead of getting upset in all his pain and loss, he drew nearer to God in awe and in wonder, he fell down at the feet of God and He surrendered his rights and his power to receive God’s power and strength and he received a renewed sense of peace.