“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.” (Hebrews 5:7)
Reverent submission involves seeing God for who he truly is and seeing ourselves for who we truly are. It involves a deep recognition of his great power and our inherent powerlessness, of his immeasurable strength and immeasurable our weakness, of his supreme adequacy and our feeble inadequacy. It is, in fact, an acknowledgement of our desperate dependence on him.
Reverent submission brings about a willingness to surrender our plans and our will and our way, in deference to his. It makes us open to whatever God is doing, rather than us trying to determine what God is doing: no manufacturing, no steering, no managing, no hijacking, no controlling.
Reverent submission is about obedience instead of autonomy. It calls us to wait and to listen and to pray. It asks us to watch and to wait and to pay attention. It asks us to respond to God’s initiative, rather than always taking our own.
Help us, Lord Jesus, to be more and more like you. Help us to always act in reverent submission, rather than in prideful arrogance.