To think that you are your own, or at your own disposal, is as absurd as to think that you created and can preserve yourself. It is as plain and necessary a first principle, to believe you are thus God’s, that you thus belong to Him, and are to act and suffer all in a thankful resignation to His pleasure, as to believe that in Him you “live, and move, and have your being.” (Acts 17:28) Resignation to the Divine will signifies a cheerful approbation, and thankful acceptance of everything that comes from God. It is not enough patiently to submit, but we must thankfully receive, and fully approve of everything, that by the order of God’s providence happens to us. (William Law)
I honestly have not met many Christians who walk in submission to God, but plenty who pay it lip service. The attitude towards submission to the will of god is usually the controlling factor a person’s walk with God and our quote today is an example of this. If you can comprehend the reality of what Jesus has done for you and where He wants to bring you (to perfection, to teleios), you are on your way to the submissive life. The submissive life is a choice and is easy in principle: just let go and let the Holy Spirit be in control of EVERYTHING.
With this accomplish you can except every good thing from God; even those things you may not be comfortable submitting to. God wants to bless, but getting there often times includes pain.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. (James 1:17)