“You ask me where’s the heavy load
That brought my spirit down.
Well, when I heard my Savior’s Voice
That’s when I laid it down”
Songs of Zion, #165
When I gave my life to Christ, I made a powerful covenant with the Creator. I promised to love and serve Him to the best of my ability all the days of my life, and, in return, He has promised to raise me up to Himself at the last day. This is all possible because of the sacrifice that Christ made on my behalf, a personal sacrifice. After giving my life to Him that day, I don’t ever want to take it back.
Sometimes it’s difficult to see the plans that the Lord has for my life, and that’s when the temptations of the evil one to take control back from the Lord are most evident. Jeremiah writes, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 26:11).
I trust that God has my best interests at heart but I have to ask myself whether I seek His counsel in all decisions, great and small. Whether it’s seeking a new job, a significant other, a new house or car or whether it involves hobbies or other things that I spend time doing, I want to fulfill the will of God in my life, not the will of Brother Joshua. As Christ says in 3 Nephi 12:6, “Blessed are they who do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled with the Holy Ghost.”
Isaiah writes, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). God, being Almighty, has a greater understanding of my life than I possibly can. Knowing this, I need to fully surrender the control to Him, rather than trying to take back control when things start looking uncertain. God’s hands are definitely the best location for my future.
When I’m in a bind and can’t see how God can possibly make a way for things to work out, I remember that Abraham had to wait a long time before Isaac showed up, and he faced difficulty prior, during, and after Isaac’s arrival. He took matters into his own hands and ended up with Ishmael, which caused a rift in the household. But God was merciful and blessed Ishmael anyway. And after Isaac was born, God tested Abraham and commanded him to offer Isaac as a sacrifice. These things were not easy, but God blessed Abraham immensely because he obeyed the will of God.
Since I’ve given my life to the Lord, I want Him to keep it. When things are easy and when they are hard, His Hands are the best place to be found.
“Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” (Psalm 37:4-5)
“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” (Micah 6:8)