Daily Devotion

Lately I’ve been heavily burdened for loved ones who have made and are making some really bad choices.  They’ve been prayed for, encouraged, supported and counseled, but continue to go down the wrong road.

As I was praying about this situation, I thought about a television show I like to watch. Having a competitive nature, I enjoy the cooking competition shows on Food Network. In every challenge there is a time limit; when the time is up, the hosts calls “hands up”.  Even though the contestants may not have completed the challenge, or the result is not what they had hoped for, they must stop, step back and put their hands up. Only the one judged to have made the best cake, meal, pie, etc. is awarded the prize.

As Christian wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, friends, there comes a time in our lives when, like the competitors on Food Network, we must stop, step back, and put our hands up. It’s not easy because we want to finish the challenge. We want the final result to meet our level of satisfaction (any OCDs out there?). We don’t want to feel like we’ve failed. We want the prize.

Here, the analogy ends.  In the cooking challenge, “hands up” means it’s all over.  

Not so with the matters of God. Hands up means I surrender it to Christ.

• Hands up means knees bent – pray without ceasing.

• Hands up means watch and wait – expect God to act.

• Hands up means live as Christ – give testimony to His glory.

Is surrender easy?  No.  Our love for the one who is struggling, the one who is lost or has strayed, makes us  want to snatch them out of the jaws of the lion and set them down in a safe place. But we know that doesn’t work. We may be able to change the landscape, but we can’t change the heart – only The Holy Spirit can do that.

I know I’m not the only one who struggles with this, I’ve heard from too many of you not to know that every Christian woman, to some degree, has dealt with the heartache of watching someone they love go down a road of potential destruction. So, I leave you to ponder these questions –


strong enough?

faithful enough?

trusting enough?

when all your human efforts have proven to be in vain


put your hands up?

your knees down?

your will aside?

In humble submission


trust God?

get out of the way?

wait on the Lord?

I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes. (Psalms 119:48)

©️Sandra Bivens Smith 2015

2 thoughts on “Daily Devotion

  1. Wonderful reminder that we should surrender it all to God. I’ve been burdened to pray for a couple of my siblings, so thank you for these encouraging words!


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