Surrender is a word that sounds pretty negative and awful. In wars, surrendering means certain defeat. In sports, surrendering is synonymous to quitting, and no ones want to be a quitter.

However, the Bible gives a whole new meaning to surrender when it is meant for obedience to God. One of the classic examples was Jonah, who, after receiving an instruction from God, went the opposite way and disobeyed. But when God caused the big storm, and the big fish to come, Jonah surrendered to Him that he would obey.

Unlike the normal meaning of the word, a lot of good things can happen for the Christian who surrenders himself to God’s will. It simply means depending on God’s ultimate wisdom and will in one’s life, and not trusting on oneself.