The Lord reminds us to “submit to Him” which means to relinquish or hand over control of our lives to Him. This can be a real challenge for us to do while we live on this earth.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Pro 3:5-6 NIV, underscoring added)
Let’s look at several more passages from the Bible in order to get a clearer picture.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. (Pro 16:3 NIV) When we commit our actions to the Lord, we place them in His hands and trust Him to:
- Bless these actions;,
- Bring Himself glory through them; and
- Uphold our plans.
Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left. (Isa 30:21) This passage reminds us that the Lord leads us and guides us by the voice of His Spirit. He will bless us and prosper us as we yield to Him, and obey His voice..
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.” (Isa 48:17) The Lord wishes us to defer to His leading and guidance; and as we do, He will cause us to prosper.
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Cor 10:31) In accepting God’s will for our lives by being obedient to His leading, we will actually bring Him glory and honor. This is the goal to which we have been called.
A believer who will bow down in humility before the Lord, responding with submission and yieldedness to His guidance, will be blessed greatly by the Lord.
But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” (Lk 11:28, underscoring added – see also Jas 1:25) Our obedience to God is blessed.