Saturday, June 01, 2013

Have You Yielded?

Coming into town every morning, I must go through an intersection that just gives most drivers fits. The oncoming traffic from the highway to the right has a yield sign. But rarely does anyone yield to anything. Usually they are speeding through that intersection and merging even into the far lane without a notice. Their poor driving etiquette combined with lots of morning traffic darting in and out of restaurants and gas stations gives more than just me a headache I’m sure.

The yield signs which the highway departments across the nation erect are for the drivers’ safety. It’s not to make them late or curb their style. To yield literally means to surrender or submit. A yield sign calls on the driver to do the following: Slow down, defer to oncoming or intersecting traffic, stop when necessary, proceed when safe, and remain aware of oncoming vehicles.  The yield sign is there to protect you and to give you warning of possible dangerous conditions ahead. What happens to drivers who ignore the yield signs? They drive headlong into a dangerous situation. Not only do they have a greater chance of getting into an accident, others are affected as well.  The damage could be widespread.

For believers, we are given freedom to live life to the fullest. He tells us in His Word that He has given us life more abundantly. Still there are times when we must yield our wants and wishes to the Lord. He has the right of way in our lives and when our hearts are fully submitted to Him and surrendered to His will our life is safer. When we ignore His signs to yield we are letting ourselves be in the line of danger. 

Oh beloved, practice the presence of God so that you will recognize His voice when He asks you to yield. His road signs working in your life are your very best way to go. Yielding to Him produces His greatest safety and your greatest blessing. You may not know which path to take, but as you seek His face, He will speak His will into your life.  God knows you’ve been run over by others and may have been left shut out of the stream of traffic altogether, but He’s going ahead of you. As you yield your life to Him, His blessings will overtake you rather than life’s troubles. And even when you are in a hard spot, He will show you the best path to take. No matter what - if He says stop, slow down or yield – He can be trusted. For He loves you and He cares about you and He has your best interests in mind forever!

James 3:17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.

Isaiah 55:3 Incline your ear [submit and consent to the divine will] and come to Me; hear, and your soul will revive; and I will make an everlasting covenant or league with you, even the sure mercy (kindness, goodwill, and compassion) promised to David. (Amplified)

Hebrews 12:9 Moreover, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we yielded [to them] and respected [them for training us]. Shall we not much more cheerfully submit to the Father of spirits and so [truly] live? (Amplified)

Psalm 62:5 My soul, wait only upon God and silently submit to Him; for my hope and expectation are from Him.

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