There are moments in life when we face difficult decisions, challenges, and uncertainties. During these trying moments, we often question or doubt God’s plans for us and his presence in our lives. Scriptures on surrendering to God help in moments of doubt and hardship.

What does surrendering to God mean? Surrendering to God entails putting our complete trust in the Almighty believing that he knows what is best for us. By trusting God, we submit our troubles, cares, and situations to Him, knowing that He will work for us and also obey His commands. 

Scriptures on surrendering to God.
Bible verse from the book of Matthew 16:24.

In Genesis 12, we read about Abraham who surrendered his will to God when he left his homeland in obedience to God’s calls. Abraham trusted in God’s promise to make him the father of many nations which came to be later on.

The story of Mary the mother of Jesus is another great example of surrendering to God. Mary, surrendered to God’s will when she accepted the angel Gabriel’s message that she would conceive and give birth to the Messiah, despite the social and personal challenges entailed. In Luke 1: 38, Mary answered the angel Gabriel,” I am the Lord’s servant, “May your word to me be fulfilled.” 

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In these verses, we discover the power of trust, the beauty of humility, and the profound truth that in surrendering our will to God, we find not weakness, but rather, the strength to overcome, the grace to endure, and the wisdom to navigate life’s twists and turns.

Scriptures on Surrendering to God

Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Matthew 16:24

“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.'”

Galatians 2:20

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Romans 12:1-2

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing, and perfect will.”

Scripture on surrendering to God.
Bible verse from James 4:7-8.

James 4:7-8

“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God, and he will come near to you.”

1 Peter 5:6-7

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

Luke 9:23

“Then he said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.'”

Romans 6:13

“Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.”

Psalm 37:5 

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.”

James 4:10 

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”

Psalm 25:1

“In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.”

Psalm 37:7

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.”

Psalm 37:4 

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

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Matthew 11:28-29 

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

Scriptures on surrendering to God.
Bible verse from 1 Peter 5:6-7.

Romans 8:5 

“Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.”

Philippians 4:6-7 

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Proverbs 16:3 

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”

Colossians 3:23-24

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

Psalm 62:1-2 

“Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”

Proverbs 19:21

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”

Psalm 9:10

“And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.”

Psalm 145:18 

“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”

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Psalm 51:10

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

Romans 15:13

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Romans 12:11

“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”

Psalm 143:10

“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.”

Matthew 22:37-39 

“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”

Psalm 19:14 

“May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

Psalm 56:3 

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”

Scriptures on surrendering to God.
Scripture from Psalm 37:5.

Proverbs 23:26 

“My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways.”

1 Corinthians 10:31

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

Psalm 40:8 

“I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.”

Romans 8:26 

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”

Isaiah 41:10 

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

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Psalm 50:15

“And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”

Psalm 139:23-24 

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Psalm 63:1

“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.”

Psalm 25:4-5 

“Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”

Ephesians 5:1-2

“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

Romans 8:32

“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”

Scriptures on surrendering to God.
Bible verse from James 4:10.

Deuteronomy 6:5

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”

Job 22:21-22

“Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way, prosperity will come to you. Accept instruction from his mouth and lay up his words in your heart.”

Romans 12:12

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

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Luke 14:33 

“So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.”

Matthew 6:33

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Psalm 46:10 

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Colossians 3:1-2

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”