Read Genesis 6:8-22
We probably feel the desire to tip our cap to Noah. After all, he was blameless before his peers and he walked with God and was fully obedient to Him (vv. 9,22). But we cannot miss that all of creation—including Noah and his family—deserved God’s holy, righteous judgment in the floodwaters. Noah was not spared because of anything he had done but because of God’s grace alone. As such, Noah’s only proper response to God’s grace was complete surrender.
Think of it like this: Imagine you wake up in an ambulance and the EMT says, “You’ve been in a terrible accident. But we’ve got you. We’re going to save you. Just let us work.” They’re not asking you to get up and assist them but to surrender to them, to trust them.
You say, Well, I’m mostly surrendered to God. But there is no such thing as “mostly surrendered.” What good would it do to “mostly surrender” to the EMT? Yeah, I’ll just pull out one or two of these cords. It’s no biggie. I’m still “mostly surrendered.” In the same way, mostly isn’t enough for God—He wants our total surrender to Him, our loving and all-powerful God.
In what areas of your life is it most difficult to surrender fully to God? Why?