YIELD! by Linda Hull

We got stuck at a stop sign not too long ago.  How?  No one could figure out who was next.  We were all in yield, but couldn’t move ahead.  Funny!  Have you ever been in a yield situation where you keep yielding and everyone gets a turn, but you?  Me too.  Yield only works when everyone understands the concept and applies it.

My experience with yielding on the road made me think of the Biblical concept of yielding. This is when our preferences are yielded so that God’s preferences can be followed.  Submission is another term we use when we talk about giving way to God.

We humans don’t particularly like giving up our freedom to do as we wish.  We don’t like being submissive at all.  We are typically blind to the freedom Biblical submission brings to our lives.

The Bible explains submission in James 4:6-7 (KJV):

“But He giveth more grace, wherefore He said, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.  Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Yielding requires humility.  Submission is impossible without humility.  The devil would love us to puff ourselves up, putting ourselves into the role of God.  That’s what he did when he rebelled against God, thinking he would be like God.  Here’s the verse that records his arrogance:

“For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God:  I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”  Isaiah 14:13-14

Submission to God says we recognize His supremacy over us.  He is the Almighty God, the Creator of all things.  Who are we to put ourselves into a position of equality?  We are not equal, nor can we ever be.

It is our role as His created beings to humble ourselves, recognizing our lowliness before Him.  It is always a constant battle to yield to God’s will rather than our own.  When we accept our position under the authority of our Lord, we will find happiness.

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.”  James 4:10

Submission means yielding control of our will, and allowing Him and His will to reign over us.  This is the Lordship we accept when we receive Jesus as our Savior and Lord.

Our Lord is not a harsh taskmaster to the obedient.  He is full of mercy and grace and is willing to extend His love to all who will come unto Him.  Do not be double-minded in your allegiance and submission to Him.  Settle it in your hearts and minds to day.

“Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts:  for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.”  James 5:8

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