However, is there a “giving up” that leads one down the path to true freedom? Are there kinds of “giving up” that will release one from their own prison of stress and strife? I believe and have experienced at least two areas of “giving up” that brought me peace and opened the door to fresh wisdom.
- Giving up the need to understand.
I think the first time I heard this “giving up” truth was from Bill Johnson, pastor of Bethel Church in Redding, CA. I don’t know whether it’s original with him or he was repeating it, but it doesn’t matter. The truth of the phrase is powerful.
“To have the peace that passes understanding, you have to give up your right to understand”
Somehow we think that understanding a negative issue that’s facing us will give us peace as a by-product. There may be times when that is true. Or, it might begin to help. But, in my experience, it simply brings more questions that I can’t answer.
Besides that, a good dose of “I don’t know” is often just what the doctor ordered. We seem to be so obsessed with understanding (or think we understand) why God seems to be doing what He is doing. So much of the effort is a mind game under the guise of spirituality. Too much of it turns into “belly button gazing” instead of trusting.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but when something “bad” happens, the “what is God trying to say” question enters the picture. Why doesn’t that question ever come up when good things are happening in a person’s life?
I better get to the next “give up” point. This article will soon be too long for good internet reading, so here it is.
- Love is found where one gives up their right to be right.
I believe Joyce Meyers said this (or something like it). It is also extremely powerful. Giving up our rights is at the core of both truths. For the Kingdom of God to be manifest, we don’t have to be able to prove ourselves “right.” We don’t have to understand everything that’s going on. God does. That’s sufficient. Trusting that brings freedom and peace.
Haven’t many of us spent far too long on the “my rights” battlefield? God is smarter than we are. That’s where trust begins. He’ll give you wisdom of understanding if and when you need it. In the meantime, let’s rest in Jesus.
(No you’re not experiencing dejavu! If you’ve been a reader of my blog for very long, you’ll recognize this as a re-post from a year ago. It holds as true now as then.)