Have Your Way in My Life O Lord
Surrendering My Will to God’s Plan
by Joanne Troppello
Last night when I washed dishes after dinner, I randomly started humming the following words over and over again:
Have your way,
Have your way,
Have your way,
Have your way in me.
There are several renditions of the song, Have Your Way with Me. However, those lyrics are not exactly the same as the words I started humming. I’m not sure why those words came to my mind, but I kept humming them and then started having an interesting conversation with God about venturing out in faith to all that He is asking me to do.
Surrendering Your Will to God
One of my favorite passages of scripture referencing God’s plans for your life is found in Jeremiah 29:11-14:
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive. – Jeremiah 29:11-14 (NKJV)
Contrary to what some people may think, God is not sitting up in Heaven waiting to mess up your life and send bad things your way. Sure, He did give Satan permission to test Job.
And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.” – Job 1:12 (NKJV)
However, according to the passage in Jeremiah, God has thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope (verse 11). Everything He does is for your best—even if it doesn’t seem like that in the moment.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
Surrendering to God’s will is not always easy. Consider some of the following reasons why:
Fear – You are afraid to take that step of faith.
Flesh – Your flesh is keeping you from obedience.
People – Others in your life are holding you back.
Circumstances – Your situations can be stifling you.
Those four areas have been issues for me in the past, present, and I’m sure in the future. However, I am thankful for God’s grace and strength each day. His Holy Spirit is continually working in my life—working out God’s redemptive purposes.
If you find yourself in any of those situations, know that God is able to help you through them all so that you can find your way to surrender to His will for your life.
Have you experienced a time when you had difficulty surrendering to God’s will?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel. Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel. Check out MSS Live Well Corner.