My word for 2017 is yield. I don’t choose the word on my own. Usually, in October I start thinking about what the word will be and sometime in December a word just jumps out at me. It comes to me from what I read, conversations, and prayer. Most often the word that comes is not one that I am happy about. They are always a challenge and yield is no different. The words for 2015 and 2016 were patience and change. I wasn’t happy with those words either but I see now how they were preparing me for yield.
The definition of yield is:
to give up or surrender to a superior power or authority, to give as due or required, to relinquish or resign to, submit to
When it became apparent that yield is the word for this year I talked to Jesus about it. Truthfully, I argued and debated with Him against the word. And I complained about it. As always He listened patiently but then He sent me to 1 Samuel 15:22-23.
What is more pleasing to the LORD:
your burnt offerings and sacrifices
or your obedience to his voice?
Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice,
and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.
Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft,
and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols.
I am a stubborn person. I like to have and do things my way. I want to be solely in charge of my life. See the difficulty I have with yield? One word for me is proud. I am not happy (or proud) to write that word to describe me but when I see what yield means and what I am the only conclusion is proud. This is what Jesus had to say about it sending me to Micah 6:8
…the LORD has told you what is good,
and this is what he requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God.
See that word humbly? I have some work to do!
I know Jesus will be patient and compassionate (as He always is) when I talk to Him about this yield thing. And I do understand why I have been given this particular word. Still not happy about it, though.
There is a definition of yield other than the one I have shared here that I believe I will realize once I get the first working in my head and heart. I will tell you about it Thursday.
Blessings this day of grace,
Scripture from NLT