We don’t begin to truly rest in God until we take our hands off of the driver’s wheel. People are so prone to thinking that they have to maintain control of the vehicle, otherwise it might crash. Not so for the Christian. We are told that if we want to save our lives, then we must lose them for his sake. This means that we surrender to his sovereignty and give Jesus the wheel… “but, but, but… ” there it is, the resistance. “If I take my hands off the wheel then I will crash”. That mentality implies a belief that you are on your own. Do you believe? This is the key question. We are told that when we believe, we enter his rest. When we trust him, we rest.
Isaiah 26:3 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
Who doesn’t desire to be at peace? Yet we don’t want to practice the art of trusting God. Sometimes it is a matter of not understanding how much God loves you and wants what is good for you. If we don’t have a revelation on the inside that God deeply loves us and cares about our well being, then surely this would explain why we wouldn’t give the wheel to him. When we hold onto the wheel, then that means that we think that we have the ability to keep ourselves safe. Sometimes what is required for us to hand over the driver’s wheel to the Lord is to get to the place in our lives that we understand that we are weak and blind and really don’t have a clue where we are going, though up to this point we may been deceived and thought we had the answers. It is never a shameful thing to admit that we don’t have a clue. On the contrary, when we throw our hands up in the air and confess “hey, I don’t have a clue” then we are right where we are meant to be, in a place of surrender. This place of surrender must take place before we can relinquish the wheel to another, which should always be Jesus and not a blind man who is still claiming that he has a clue. Satan aka the world has taught us that maintaining our ego and pride was the way to be a mature person, however according to God’s book, it is when we admit our weakness, first to ourselves and then to God, maybe even to others (which doesn’t matter what other people think at this point in time), then we are finally in a place of being lifted up and being made strong. For it is the meek who shall inherit the earth. Not the know it Alls. Lord Jesus, thank you for taking the wheel. Thank you for taking me to a place of surrender in which I can finally give the wheel to you. This is what I do now, I dwell in the comfortable place of safety under his wings. I talk to him, I draw near to him, and I stop fighting for my ways by his grace and let him have his ways… wow, what a relief to let someone else be in charge for once.