I had never been there previously. It was a hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant in Gulf Breeze, FL. We had just enjoyed the beach, and we were hankering for some really good food. Sitting in the dimly lit restaurant, there were business people and other “locals” who obviously knew what a good place this was. The waiter came to take our order. At a Mexican restaurant, you can choose from the staples, tacos, burritos, enchiladas, etc. Today, this was not for me. I asked the waiter, “If this is the only time I ever come to your restaurant, what is the one thing I should order.” Without a hesitation, he said, “The molcajete is delicious. You should order that.” I had never even heard of the molcajete, but I agreed. I will never regret my decision to trust the waiter. It was the best Mexican dish I have ever had and if I ever get back to Gulf Breeze, FL, I am looking up that restaurant again.
It’s what God said His people were. They rejected Him by worshipping idols. Once they were facing punishment for their poor choices, they resisted His message to repent. They refused to surrender their will to God’s. What does it mean to surrender? As you read Jeremiah 28, you see the collision of the people’s will and God’s expressed will. The nation was confirmed in their punishment. Babylon had already taken 10,000 captives and set the incompetent Zedekiah as king. From history, we know there was a moment where Babylon stumbled. Nations began to activate their plans of rebellion. Jeremiah insisted Judah should continue to willingly serve Babylon. They needed to surrender to God’s will in this matter. However, submitting to Babylon was unconventional. Hananiah’s prophecy and others like him galvanized the people’s resistance to God. They had traded the yoke of wood for a yoke of iron.
You might think surrendering to God is the elimination of your will, however, surrender is not the resignation of your will. Surrender is adopting God’s will as your own. Much like my visit to the unknown restaurant. It’s not that I didn’t have a will and said, “Serve me whatever you’ve got.” I adopted the counsel of the waiter and it became my will. Surrender is taking the counsel of God regardless of how unconventional it might be, and making it your will. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: And he delighteth in his way” (Psalm 37:23). The steps are ordered by the Lord, but you delight in the way. So do not march robotically down the path as if your will has been deactivated. Take God at His word and indulge in the way. None of your steps shall slide. “Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, And he shall exalt thee…” (Psalm 37:34).
God’s way may seem unconventional but trust Him. Adopt His will as your own today.