I Surrender All

Karen Bables

READ : Jeremiah 29:10-23
Psalm 13

The Promise: You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. (v. 13)

This promise comes from a passage full of promises. Jeremiah wrote a letter for God to the exiles in Babylon. In it God promises to restore their fortunes, gather them together, and return them to Jerusalem; God promises them a future and a hope. These promises brought life to the scattered Hebrews. We also cling to the promise of a future and a hope during dark and frightening times.

But embedded in this letter is an even more important promise. God promises to be found! In The Message this promise reads, “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me.” The first six words are the key to the promise. God says, when you really look for me, you will find me.

Sometimes we say we want God, but we really want the idea of God, not God himself. To find God, we must surrender our personal (often false) concepts and constructs of God. We also need to let go of our baggage and our selfish concerns. In Psalm 13 David, a broken soul, falls on his face, laying bare his failed plans and dreams. When we turn over our agendas, our relationships, our visions and dreams, we find God longing to listen and respond. We won’t ever say again, “God really showed up today.” We will say, “I showed up and God was there waiting.”


“I surrender all. I surrender all. All to thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all.”