Relinquish Your Will


When I look to Him, I don’t need to worry about getting my hopes up. Believing in Him, I will never be disappointed.

Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.” Matthew 11:4–5 (niv)

I have a confession. I often wonder what God is up to, like when my husband and I finally decided to adopt a baby girl from China and then the wait extended from one year to three and beyond. (We’re still waiting.) Seriously, God, you placed adoption on our hearts only to have us wait?

Jesus’ friend John wondered what God was up to too. “When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?’” (Matthew 11:2–3, niv). Jesus’ answer to John wasn’t something He pulled out of thin air. When Jesus spoke of the deaf hearing and lame walking John no doubt remembered the words of the prophet Isaiah: “Your God will come…then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy” (Isaiah 35:4–6, niv).
For someone who understood Scripture as John did, Jesus’ message was powerful.There are times in my life when I’ve questioned, “Jesus, are You the one?” Are You the one who called us to adoption? Are You the one who can take away my disappointment over the wait and wipe away my tears? In my moments of doubting, Jesus gave me an answer similar to John’s: “Haven’t you seen what I’ve done?” Memories stirred in my mind of the times in the past He showed up. His Word reminded me to expect Him in this situation too. As I relinquished my plan and timetable to God, another miracle happened—a birth mom approached us about adopting her baby. So even though we’re still waiting for one child, in the end we will be blessed with two!
Jesus came performing miracles not for His sake, but for mine. I can relinquish my will, knowing He has the perfect plan. When I look to Him I don’t need to worry about getting my hopes up. Believing in Him, I will never be disappointed.

FAITH STEP: When is a time you saw God do something amazing in your life? Before you go to sleep tonight find at least one person to share that story with.

Written by Tricia Goyer

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