Resignation sounds like defeat. It sounds like you let something or someone else win. Resignation often happens after a hard fight - the relaxing of muscles after strained opposition. And there's a heavy humility in knowing the object of opposition overtook all your efforts.
Resignation sounds like defeat because resignation is defeat. It bends our shoulders in submission as we admit our efforts were just not enough.
If it's possible, I woke up today feeling this way - resigned, with shoulders bent. I know this sounds like a defeated posture. And, honestly, it feels like a defeated posture. But, as I pray for the Lord to be victorious in and through me today, I know that I must resign my own efforts and rely on His might.
I'm resigning all the ways I would push my own agenda and promote my own schemes so that my heart might be one found by Him and strengthened. The alternative (not resigning to the Lord's ways, strength, and guidance) is war. When we foolishly oppose God's purposes by relying on our own efforts, we welcome war.
At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him, “Because you relied on the king of Syria, and did not rely on the LORD your God, the army of the king of Syria has escaped you. Were not the Ethiopians and the Libyans a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet because you relied on the LORD, he gave them into your hand.
For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. You have done foolishly in this, for from now on you will have wars.” (2 Chronicles 16:7-9 ESV)
Resignation might look like defeat, but only until your heart is found and strengthened by the living God. Then resignation looks like victory.
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"Not I ask for, not I strive for But Thy grace so rich and free. That Thou givest whom Thou lovest, and who truly cleave to Thee."