Holy Submission

Isaiah 11:2

Morning after a cold night in the mountains.

Photo by Yannick Pulver / Unsplash

And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.

Isaiah 11:2, ESV

Submission to Christ is hard. Paul speaks of this difficulty when he says, “For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.” (Romans 7:19, ESV) Our hearts are naturally bent against God, but God proclaimed He would send us One who would be faithful and sinless. He was proclaiming our redemption that would come from Christ and Christ alone as He was pointing to His promise in Genesis 3:15. Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, walked in the fullness of divinity while he was fully enfleshed as a man. Sin was not a part of Him, so He could do all God had called Him to do. Jesus did not lack wisdom, nor did He distrust the Word of God. The mindset of doubt that sin placed in us was not a part of Him, and the words, “Did God really say…?” were not part of His thought processes. His coming was necessary for the Kingdom of God to be restored to us. God is holy; sadly , we are not and cannot attain the holiness required to enter through any of our actions. Still, in Christ Jesus, we are given His mantle and made pure and holy by His holy purity as He walked not in pride of His role but in humble submission to the Father’s glory.

Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.

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