What does surrender ultimately accomplish?
Take a deep breath in and let it out. Now reach up and feel the pulse in your neck. Every breath you breathe – every heartbeat you feel – is an act of God’s mercy. You would not be alive if it were not for Him. You are, in fact, completely dependent on Him.
Our pride leads us to live independently of the One who created us. Self-reliance is the opposite of surrender. Our surrender restores us to a right relationship with God – a relationship of dependence on Him.
In Isaiah 1:2, God says through the prophet, “Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth! For the Lord has spoken: I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me.” The book basically goes on to share the story of how God allowed great difficulty in the lives of His people for the purpose of restoring their relationship with Him. This too is our story.
– Troy Haas, First Steps