submitting to God's will

How to Submit to the Will of God Even When it Hurts

Submitting to the will of God is easier said than done. Though the will of God always works out for our good, submitting to it doesn’t come automatically.

From the very first man Adam, the human race has suffered from the desire to go against God’s will. Submitting to God’s will, though it is not burdensome, seems difficult.

But as we know, God requires us to submit to His will even when we don’t feel like.

We are expected to follow the example of our Lord Jesus Christ who submitted to the will of God even when it was painful.

Living in the will of God while on earth is a guaranteed way to suffer. The world hates God and whoever submits to God’s will becomes an enemy of the world.

Despite the pain we have to face for submitting to God’s will, we can’t rebel against God’s will. It is up to us to find strong reasons that will help us surrender to God amidst all the suffering.

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In this article, I have come up with reasons that will motivate you to always submit to God’s will regardless of the circumstances you are facing. Here is the list:

Submitting to God’s Will Always Ends Well

The Bible states in that the end of a matter is better than its beginning. If you live in the will of God, in the end, you will be glad that you did.

This is one of my favorite reasons I use to encourage myself to keep living in God’s will. Quitting God’s will always seems as a relief in the moment but in the long term it leads to bitter regrets.

Whenever you are at a crossroads and you are thinking of quitting following God’s will, tell yourself that if you don’t follow God’s will, you will regret it.

If you choose to quit God’s will and later on you want to get back to living in it, God will take you back to the point where you left. You will have to choose God’s will and that is after you have already wasted time.

Once you realize that choosing God’s will not only guarantees you a happy ending but also saves you time, choosing it won’t be hard.

There are times I have been tempted to the core to go against God’s will even when I knew the consequences. But I tell myself that no matter how relieving going against God’s will may seem in the moment, I will regret it later.

There is no single time I went against God’s will and never regretted. I rebelled against God’s will in many decisions until when I learned that there is no point of going against God’s will.

If there is still a lying voice in your mind that tells you that you can get away with rebelling against God’s will, you will be tempted to forsake God’s will.

You have come too far in God’s Will

Apart from the assurance that God’s will guarantees a happy ending, it is good to tell yourself that you have invested too much in God’s will to quit.

When you get at a crossroad in deciding whether to continue pursuing God’s will or forsake it, remember the previous sacrifices you have made to get to the point where you are at.

Remember when you didn’t know God at all. Remember when you used to make faithless prayers to God. Think of the fasting and praying you have done to grow to the level where you are at.

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Do you really want to throw away all that sacrifice and start from scratch?

Submitting to God’s will becomes easier the more you submit to it. If you submit to God’s will in minor decisions, soon, you will be able to submit to God’s will in major decisions without struggling.

If God has asked you to wait on Him for a spouse, it will be easier to submit to His will if you already submitted to God in minor decisions.

Follow Biblical Characters in Submitting to God’s Will

The Bible if full of stories of people who submitted to God’s will even when it was painful. In the book of Hebrews we are reminded that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses.

These witnesses faced the same challenges of following God’s will that we are facing today but they overcame. They became examples for us to follow.

Therefore, as part of learning to submit to God’s will in tough situations, have examples of people in the Bible who submitted to God’s Will in difficult times.

By far the best example is our Lord Jesus Christ; on the night before He was crucified, He was deeply troubled. He knew it was God’s will for Him to die on the cross but out of the anguish He was in, He asked the Father if it was possible for the cup of suffering to be removed.

In the end, Jesus went through the suffering that was set before Him and overcame it by rising from the dead on the third day.

Paul too suffered imprisonment, hunger, shipwreck and even physical beatings while on his mission to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to the gentiles. Despite the suffering, He counted it all joy until the day he went to be with the Lord.

Arm yourself with such examples of people who devoted themselves to God’s will even when it was painful.

You will Reap what you Sow

Submitting to God’s will in different circumstances comes with varying degrees of hardship. The more difficult your situation is, the greater the reward you will receive from God if you submit to His will.

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After Jesus drank from the cup of suffering, God exalted Him above all creation and gave Him a name that is above all other names.

After Apostle Paul suffered passing the message of Jesus Christ to the gentiles, today, he is honored as the apostle of the gentiles. Of course there is a crown that God will give him for the work he did.

Fix it in your mind that you will be rewarded for all the sacrifices you take to submit to God’s will. God is not unjust to forget the labor that we do for Him.

That one meal that God asked you to skip so that you pray was recorded and you will be rewarded for it. That time when God asked you to remain silent when you were falsely accused is known to Him.

Do not give up.

Always remember that every little and great sacrifice you make is recorded and you will be rewarded for it.

Pursue God’s will. Never give up!