Commit Your Way to the Lord
"Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass." Psalm 37:5
Commit is a powerful word; it is a determined, fully dedicated act with an attitude that you are actually going to do it. In Hebrews, commit means 'to roll' each care unto the Lord. The idea is to completely give something over to God in dependence upon Him. When we commit our way of life to the Lord, we offer everything we do completely to Him, giving us hope that He is greater than any burden we carry. If we completely depend on God in all things, He will 'establish and perfect' our plans and cause them to succeed (Psalm 138:8, Proverbs 16:3). These are comforting and reassuring words of God's committed care to each of us as believers.
Something powerful happens when we make up our mind to act upon it. We determine no more back and forth decisions, no more ands, ifs or buts about it! We can't be committed only sometimes; we either are or we are not. When we commit to something, it's a choice and we allow it to unfold. If we do not choose to walk in His Spirit every day, the choice will be made for us by circumstances and they will soon control us. Proverbs 3:1-8 speaks about committing to the Lord and what the benefits will be through obedience:
- "My son, forget not by law; but let thine heart keep my commandments." Proverbs 3:1. The word law in the Old Testament is the same word as Jesus Christ; He became the law of life that works within us (Matthew 5:17). Our relationship with Him and His Word is the law. Once we became aware of Christ in us by the Holy Spirit, it is easy to keep His law because there is something inside that makes us want to. Jesus wrote His laws in our hearts and our minds (Hebrews 10:16). Obeying God's Word on a regular basis is what we are designed to do. Do not allow yourself to say, "It's so hard to be a Christian." This is not true! Why does it seem hard? It may be because we lack the revelation keeping us attempting to do things on our own, ignoring the fact that the Holy Spirit is the true source of our ability. Jesus' yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:30).
- "For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee." Proverbs 3:2. When we practice verse 1, God's Word adds length to our days, peace and long life. Taking God's promises, mixing them with faith, they become reality, they move in our inner being in a supernatural way.
- "So shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man." Proverbs 3:4. The result of verse 1 is the amazing revelation that we are highly favored and have a great understanding in the sight of God and man. This realization makes life joyful.
- "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding." Proverbs 3:5. Trusting in the Lord releases a level of awareness that causes us to want to obey Him. We trust in the Lord because we believe in Him, we count on Him to be our helper (Hebrews 13:6).
- "In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:6. We don't always know the best way to handle life's situations, but when we trust God's guidance and teaching, life becomes better. All things work for good (Romans 8:28).
- "It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones." Proverbs 3:8. The Lord says this to cause us to be exceptionally healthy.
God's word says to commit our ways to the Lord. Learn to live from Jesus' commitment to us. If we think our relationship to God depends on our commitment to Him, we are missing the revelation of what Jesus did for us. It is not what we do or don't do, it is because of what Jesus did that we freely receive.
Everyone is committed to something. Are we committed to something that is nurturing and gives life or are we committed to that which is undermining and sabotaging? Be a commitment inspector. Whatever takes your time, your attention, your thoughts, your words, your actions, your entertainment, your money, your time or your energy is what you are committed to. What are you emotionally committed to keeps you in bondage.
There are empowering commitments and disempowering commitments. Examples of empowering commitments are to be loving and to be loved, doing and living God's will, developing your talents and abilities, producing results in a worthwhile project or making your marriage one of love and inspiration to others. Disempowering commitments can be avoiding change, gossip and putdowns, self-pity, insecurity, greed, power, complaining or pessimism. When we discover what we are committed to, we can release them and replace them with, "I commit my ways to the Lord." The power of committing to the Lord triggers a supernatural peace that creates a delight in the work of Jesus Christ. Living from this commitment removes the self-effort to be close to God; we can stop trying and start trusting. We are able to receive sufficiency for all things as our focus is on Him. By the revelation of Jesus being in us by His Spirit, we discover we are as close to Him as we'll ever be. This faith concept creates our receiving ability to expand. God's commitment to us is not seeing what is wrong with us, but to reveal the missing provision that belongs to us. Emotional stress that is created by faulty commitments and attempts to fulfill human drives is replaced with the joy of the Lord which is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). Give thanks that you are a new creature, the old is gone and all things are new (II Corinthians 5:17).
Heavenly Father, I speak by Jesus Christ's name. Because You raised Jesus from the dead by Your Glory, I now walk in the provision of new life (Romans 6:4). Lord, thank you for dedicating a new and living way for me (Hebrews 10:20). Amen.