It’s Not Submission

A couple of months ago my husband and I went through a couple of days argument regarding our future. It was not so much of an argument as it was me refusing to walk away and my husband not willing to submit to God. He kept telling me that he would trust God as long as the future plan was in his comfort zone. Oh how our society, me included, cringe at the word submission. For some reason I always get the image of a beaten dog bowing to her master out of fear. But this is not what God means by submission. The true image we should have is a father who says, “please just trust me, I want to love you, won’t you let me love you.”

When we lay down what we hold and submit to God, we are not bowing to an abusive master. No, we are bowing before an all powerful, mighty, loving father that says “now that you have let go, I can better love you.”

So my husband and I eventually kneeled before God and my husband “submitted.” And guess what happened? We have both felt and received God’s love more and more each day. For my husband he says that he feels more free. He is less worried about the future and I can visibly see that his anxiety is improved. For me I feel like we are finally on the same page of our journey with God within our marriage. Before I felt like we were on 2 separate paths trying to figure out how to make them come together. Now I feel like we are on the same path, hands joined, strolling through the enchanted forest that God has led us to.

We humans do not like the word submission because we misunderstand it’s meaning. It is not about force, manipulation or abuse. People and the world sometimes abuse us but God never does. Submission to God is about saying I trust you. If we will trust God enough to let go, then we allow God to better love us. By submitting we walk out of the prison that holds us into the loving, protecting arms of the most powerful being to ever exist. Let’s stop calling it submission and start calling it freedom.

To those who find themselves holding on to something that God is saying “let go.” I pray he will give you the strength to release your grip and I promise you God never fails. Amen.

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” James 4:7-10 ESV

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