I recently read a paraphrase of something Elisabeth Elliot wrote in her book A Path Through Suffering. She writes of offering our disappointment as a sacrifice to God. The writer condensed it this way, “When . . . we sacrifice our will to accept His, it’s an act of worship that honors Him greatly.”
I think Elisabeth Elliot wrote this in the context of great suffering and major disappointments, but I think it is true for any suffering and what may seem like small disappointments. I think it’s true for the daily disappointments. Any time we sacrifice our will for His will, it is an act of worship.
When I lay aside my own disappointment and accept His will, I am affirming His sovereignty and His goodness and His ability to be in charge. My spirit is recognizing Him as Lord. And that honors God. It glorifies Him. And it is an act of worship.
What disappointment do you have to offer Him? How can you sacrifice your will for His today? I challenge you — look for ways to worship Him by being a living sacrifice today. (Romans 12)