OCTOBER 12: SURRENDER

SURRENDER
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth Thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes."
Job 42:5

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Surrender - To cease from activity.
-To resign one's self to the submission of another.
-To give up, forfeit, and let go.
Surrender is a strong word that whispers "defeat" to the human soul;
But "complete" to a holy God.
It is not until a man surrenders that God renders a victory complete.
Job lived an ongoing life of surrender and challenges us to do the same at deeper levels.
Three virtues of Job:
Humility, Wisdom, Surrender.
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Today's Read: Job 38-42 and Psalm 142 
Something simple has gotten lost in the story of Job.
In the midst of discussions on loss,
Survival,
Friendship,
Theological discourses on conversational dialogues,
  God's power vs. Satan's power,
And a score of unanswerable questions surrounding the story line,
We have negated, I believe, the greater story.
Possibly yes,
Maybe ...?
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Job is a story about a man loving God on a really painful journey called "life."
Love for God, when events in life turned horrific, overshadowed and overpowered all attempts to distinguish that love.
Job was tested:
Relationally,
Vocationally,
Emotionally,
Mentally,
Physically,
And spiritually.
And the story about Job asserts that he kept moving deeper into the heart of God;
He kept at the thing called "surrender" to God,
Until his soul received what he longed for from God:
"More of Him."
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At the risk of sounding over-simplistic;
I urge you to consider bypassing the probing, pondering, theological mission that so many find themselves on in Job.
 Read the book and scope out the heart of a man who was searching, seeking, and desperate in his attempt to "not let go of God,"
And wanting more than anything to know that God had not let go of him.
Many things were restored to Job in the end;
But all the surplus in the world wasn't anything compared to the surrendered heart that received more of Him in the end.
Job's story and God's glory.
I think that's how he wanted us to read it.
"I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear; but now mine eye seeth Thee."
Job 42:5

Amen.