Surrendering Yourself to the Will of God
By Archdeacon Habib Guirgus
The concern of the one who truly loves is to accept what his beloved wants and put aside what his beloved dislikes, this is the example of true love. You cannot achieve the goal in loving God unless you fit your will to His.
Nothing is more
complete or perfect than the will of God, so whenever your will unites with
His, then yours becomes better and perfect, for God is the most perfect Being.
So follow His will to sanctify and perfect your will, and say in everything:
Let it be Your will, and let me fulfill it, O Lord.
Everything in the world - except sin - takes place by God's permission. You have to thank God and accept what's happening in joy. If you trained yourself to adopt this system, you will never be sad, or distressed, or disturbed, but will keep your peace, calmness and tranquility, and live on earth in perfect peace.
Surrender fully to the Lord, and give yourself to the Almighty so your will fits His. Surrendering to the Lord is the source of all calmness and tranquility and the source of all happiness and joy.
Give yourself to the divine care to guide your way, thus proving that you are living for God not yourself.
If your will is fully submissive to His, then you will not act in any way except to fulfill His will. Do not desire anything except to perfect His will in you, and then you'll be happy and rejoicing in the midst of trials and trouble (cf. James 1:2).
Do not let your heart shake before hardships, so God may grant you true delight, for God loves those whom follow His will, as He commented David the prophet saying; "I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will" (Acts 13:22).
When you submit and obey the will of God, you will control all your evil desires, and subdue all your worldly lusts.
As much as you humble yourself, you will unite with God, so remove and eliminate from your path anything that will prevent you from this great benefit.
The Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, in which to acquire Him, you have to submit yourself to His will, and submit yours to His.
Do not be troubled or become restless because of the pain from this temporal world, for all takes place according to God's will, and all your sadness will be changed into happiness, and your torments into comfort, and your bitterness into rejoice.
This is the saints' situation in which all their trials, troubles, sadness and temptation have been changed and transformed into happiness, joy, peace and comfort, for they have put their trust and their hearts into the Hands of the will of God, and were granted His full pleasure. Just as the 'burning bush' seen by Moses the prophet in the wilderness, where the fire inside the bush was aflame but never consumed or injured it-This is God's care, which He shows for us and to us in every way, to guarantee His love to us.
Teach me O Lord how to do Your will, follow Your path, and avoid what You dislike, for this is my consolation and the goal of my desires.
"Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand. You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. For indeed, those who are far from You shall perish; You have destroyed all those who desert You for harlotry. But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all Your works" (Psalm 73:23-28).
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