At times God calls us to things that require giving up or letting go of something important to us. That can be difficult or even confusing, but thankfully we know that “God is not a God of confusion but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33).
In those situations where He may ask us to surrender something we find good or comfortable, we understandably grieve that loss. But God wants us to bring those desires and thoughts to Him, willingly surrendering our grief and confusion. Giving these up doesn’t mean we will never experience them again—it simply means we place our hope for the future in God, who knows what it is to suffer. Only then can we clearly hear His call and reply, “Here am I. Send me!” (See Isa. 6:8.)
THINK ABOUT IT
• Have you ever sensed God asking you to do something that required relinquishment of any kind? Think about how you felt as you considered and sought discernment.
• Paul urges us to “examine everything carefully” and “hold fast to that which is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21). In the process, we may at times focus on a specific detail while trying to understand what God’s asking us to do. What does careful discernment and examination look like in your life?