The word “Submit “means “to give over or yield to the power or authority of another.” It also means to “to defer to another’s judgment, opinions or decisions.”I did a little study of the origin of the word “submit. “ According to dictionary.com, the word originated in the late 14th century from the latin word “Submittere.” “Submittere” is a concatenation of two latin words. Sub which means “under” and “mittere” which means “let go, send.” When we combine these latin words it means “to let down, let under, yield, lower or reduce.”
Although it is said that the first record of the word was in 1560, the idea of this word and the principles it conveys pre-dates the 15th century. In several places in scripture, Hebrew words written thousands of years ago where translated into this word. In the book of Job the oldest book in the bible, Eliphaz a friend of job says in chapter 22 and verse 21, the following.
“Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.” He is saying yield, lower or defer to God and prosperity will come to you.
To submit to God, you have to willing give up your agenda, your opinions even desires for the desires of God. This is also very applicable in worship, when we submit to God in worship and be at peace with Him, we unlock the blessing of God in our lives which produces prosperity.
King Solomon one of the wisest men that ever lived writes in Proverbs 3:6, he says “in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Solomon admonishes us to submit to God in every aspect of our lives, not just in one area. Sometimes, we submit ourselves but not our finances; we submit our finances but not our relationships. God wants us to submit everything to Him, nothing should be left out.
In today’s society, we are taught to be self –dependent, the idea of submitting our ways to God seems like a pre-historic and outdated concept. Our society has come up with reasons why we should not submit to God at all. We have foolishly convinced ourselves that we don’t need God and that as we say in America “am good,” meaning we don’t need any help. We affirm the fact that we can do all things ourselves by chantting slogans that feed our egos not our spirits. What we forget is that “we can do all things Through Christ who strengthens us. “ YES WE CAN BECAUSE HE CAME,” “YES WE CAN BECAUSE HE IS,” It is only when we submit our ways, strength, gifts, ideologies, fears, worries, expectations to Him, that the power within us is unleashed. The result of this total commitment to submit is what releases God’s wisdom which is another product of the blessing of God. God resists the proud; don’t let pride stop you from yielding to God today. Don’t let guilt, insecurities and fear prevent you from taking advantage of this blessing of God. God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly; above all we can ask or think. He is smarter than us and most especially God loves us. Let His presence increase in our lives as we submit to Him today. Remember that there is no blessing without worship and there is no true worship unless we submit all to God. God bless.