‘But Jeremiah said, They shall not deliver thee. Obey, I beseech thee, the voice of the LORD, which I speak unto thee: so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul shall live.” Jeremiah 38:20 (KJB)
The word “Surrender” is not a word most people of Adam’s race wants to use. We have phrases from the past here in the USA like, “Better dead, than Red”, and most people my age and older knows the meaning of that phrase. I know, and I feel that way still today, but that is not the topic at hand.
Surrender is the giving up of yourself to someone of greater power, or value than oneself. We like our freedom and our freedoms we have here in the United States of America. Let us think for a moment about the words of Jeremiah to the king of Judah who was Zedekiah.
Jeremiah had been locked up, thrown in a miry pit, and left to die (Jeremiah 38:1-13), and had been rescued, with the approval of the king, by an Ethiopian named Ebedmelech. The king had sent for the prophet seeking his counsel, and Jeremiah gave him the word and will of the LORD. In verses 13 – 19 the king is given the word of the LORD, the way of the LORD, and will of the LORD. That word can be summed up in one word; that word “Surrender”.
The word from God for the Christian today is surrender your word to God’s word. Surrender your will to God’s will. Surrender your way to God’s way. When we do so; even if that way seems tough, rough, rocky, slippery, and like it might be a loss of our freedom – Surrender.
Zedekiah was not being commanded to surrender to the enemy. He was being commanded to surrender to GOD.
We are not being commanded to surrender to our weaknesses, fears, failures, foolish ambition, or an enemy. The command is “Surrender to the One who has our best interest at heart and mind”. He knows what is best. The end result for Zedekiah was not good (Read chapter 39). He did not obey. He did not surrender.
Think of Jesus Christ the Son of God, God who became flesh, humbled Himself, surrendered to the will of His Father, even unto death; so that He might redeem unto Himself all who would be given to Him by the Father. Jesus died on the cross, was buried, and He rose again. Hear Him, and call on His name and He will give you eternal life with Him.