Monday, June 6, 2011

Movie Quote Monday

This post has run before.  However I have done some editing and have reworked it.
This is one of my favorite movie quotes.  It was after hearing this quote that I started to think about doing something with movie quotes and devotions. 

Today’s Feature: Bruce Almighty, Universal Pictures, 2003

Memorable Quote:  “You win. I'm done. I don't want to do this anymore. I don't want to be God. I want you to decide what's best for my life. I surrender to your will."

Biblical Connection: James 4:6-7a God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God.

Bruce Nolan is a man who is unhappy with his life. He claims that if he were God he would do things better. Of course what he really means is he would make himself happy by giving himself everything he wants. Well, imagine his surprise when God shows up and turns over the reins of control to him. Bruce then spends the rest of the movie granting his every desire no matter what the cost to others. The result is what we see here at the end of the movie when this quote is spoken. Everything has gone wrong. Bruce realizes that it isn't easy being in control. Having everything he ever wanted didn’t make him any happier. When he speaks these words, he is completely miserable and is suffering the consequences of his bad decisions. He’s sobbing and wandering aimlessly. He’s crying out to a God he is not even sure will listen to him anymore. And yet, it is in this moment, desperately crying out, that Bruce finally admits he is unable to do it alone. In this moment he surrenders, completely.

Only after making a mess of everything and being completely broken by the consequences of his actions does Bruce realize his need for God. Much like Bruce in the movie, we sometimes need to do the same. Every one of us at one time or another has hit that dark place of despair, everything a complete mess. But it’s what we do in that moment that makes all the difference. Do we try to fix it ourselves? Do we give up thinking we are hopeless? Or do we look to the only one who is truly able to make our lives what they should be? The very same God who created everything out of nothing, is waiting to do the same for you. He can take a life of brokenness and turn into something wonderful, if only we allow Him.

When we live trusting in God for all that we need, instead of relying on our own abilities, then our lives no longer feel like a mess, even if things aren’t going exactly as planned. When we surrender control to the one who can handle it all, then we become free. 

And in that freedom, we live.

Application Steps
What areas of your life have you tried to handle on your own without God? How’s that working out for you?
What reasons can you think of that keep you from surrendering them fully?
Consider surrendering just one area of your life completely to God, then be watchful to see how He handles it.

For Further Reading
Isaiah 48:17 Psalm 121:1-2


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