I recently read The Selection series by Kiera Cass. There are 3 books titled The Selection, The Elite, and The One. It was a cute series about princes and castles and a great love triangle. If you haven’t read it, it’s basically about a girl who gets picked to live in a castle with a group of other girls. The prince will get to know them and eventually narrow it down to the one girl who will become the princess. Similar to the show The Bachelor. They’re written from the perspective of America, one of the poorest, most unwilling citizens entered into the contest. As the prince gets to know her and her fiery personality, he immediately likes her. And he tells her almost from the beginning that he likes her and she only has to say the word to become the princess.
Story over right? Not exactly. He has to gain her trust and she still has to choose between him and the other guy back home. As we go through the story, we see most of the issues, predicaments, and arguments occur because she is never willing to give herself to him. Not physically, but emotionally. She refuses to trust him, to believe that he wants the best for her and his kingdom, or that he can make wise decisions, especially when they are different than her ideas. This leads to her creating a whole lot of trouble for herself and the kingdom.
I can’t help but see the parallel in our own lives. As children of the King, we are princesses in the kingdom of Heaven. And we like the idea of the riches and the stability, calling on our King when we need help. But how often do we like the idea of giving ourselves totally to Him? To trust that His way is the best way, when we have our own ideas of how things should happen. We tend to shy away from the word “submit” in our culture as we think of submission as weakness. However, we are commanded to submit to God and His ways because He knows what is best for us. It’s a good thing! Proverbs 3:6 says, “In all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” If we can let His words and will permeate our lives, we can avoid a good deal of trouble. And when we can’t avoid it, we can face it, knowing that God is with us.
So how do we know if we are submitting to God? I think the following are two good questions to ask:
1) Do you believe that God’s way is the best way?
If we have obeyed the gospel and become a Christian, we should say yes. However, do we go to Him in prayer when facing a difficult situation, do we face situations with an open heart and mind, or do we assume we know the right path for ourselves? Are we searching His words, the Bible, diligently to find answers, or are we looking for one verse taken out of context to justify our actions?
2) Do you know what God’s will is?
Peter tells us that “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness” (2 Peter 1:3). This tells us we can know what His will is. As we study the Bible, we continue to learn more about God’s will for us as His princesses. We can also learn from our Bible classes, devotionals, church services, and fellowship with other Christians, young and old. We see how experiences affect people differently and how outcomes are changed based on their response. Sometimes life can be very complicated and confusing. Sometimes revenge or vindication can feel much more affirming in the short run. Sometimes being disrespectful and disobedient feels justified. But when we are surrendering to God, we know those responses cause more drama than peace.
Peter goes on to say, “Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires” (vs. 4).
As Christians, we can rejoice that we are His selected, His elite, His one. God has already chosen you; He waits for you to surrender to Him. And by submitting to His way, we receive the precious promise of eternal life in heaven, escaping the drama and corruption in the world.