Commit thy way to God
‘Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.’
Psalm 37 Verse 5
What would our world be like if everyone had what they wanted instantly? Do not waste too much time over meditating on that question, as it will not do you much good. You will soon come to the realisation that total chaos would ensue.
So, having thought a little about the above, what if we restrict the ‘everyone’ to just Christians? Well I would hope that at least it would be a more positive and spiritual approach, yet I am fully persuaded that the outcome would still be chaos!
Have I asked stupid or relevant questions?
Just sit back for a moment now and think of what you prayed for this morning.
No doubt some of your petitions have slipped off your tongue more times than you care to remember.
You know the ones I mean – the ones that come under your own ‘spiritual umbrella!’ You know – truly ‘general’ and usually ‘unspecific’ prayers for family, friends, neighbours, your pastor, the preaching of the Gospel, the Lord’s Day and if your memory or time has not failed you there is the quick mention for the odd missionary in some foreign land.
Now let us think for a little on the prayers that really mattered. The ones for ourselves!!
What if, just for once, every part of those particular prayers for yourself was answered – immediately? Can you possibly imagine what it would be like? Would today become the happiest day of your life? How would you feel? Would God be glorified by it all?
When a Christian is in severe pain – they pray for relief – and they want it instantly!
When a Christian has a fear of dying without Christ or is forever plagued by doubts as to whether or not they are indeed His child – they want an assurance that they are His and that all will be well with their souls – and they want it instantly!
When a Christian suffers endless debt and financial or unemployment worries – they want their debts cleared and a job – and they want it now!
When the worst happens and loved ones are taken from us – we want them back – and we never want them to leave us again!
Why have I asked you all these questions? Well the main reason is that I have asked them all myself today and I do not want you to follow my mistakes or folly.
A handful of Christian brothers and sisters, who have known me since first I joined their ranks, know how meaningful and precious these two verses in Psalm 37 have been to me.
It has always been my fervent desire to serve my Lord to the best of my ability and strength in this world. It is a prayer I have requested daily, one that I have committed to my Lord and one that over 20 years ago I wanted answered instantly!
I am still waiting the answer to these prayers!
Some have told me that I am serving Him through these writings and this website – for each one that does - I am thankful, yet I am not persuaded. Are these same friends just showing their love for me and giving me a pat on the back to encourage and be nice to me, or is this truly God’s calling for me?
I just do not have the answer to that.
Will these words find a place in someone’s soul to their eternal benefit?
Can our prayers be answered in unexpected ways and us not realising it?
Am I truly honouring my Saviour by what I am doing today, because today is all that I have and honouring God is what makes life worth living for me today? I may not know the answer to my question on this side of eternity. What if I did know that my prayers have been answered and that which I had committed to Him all these years ago is now – today – coming to pass?
Did I receive an instant answer? What would have I written 20 years ago? Duh!!
This morning I HAD to write this, just as surely as some Pastors will HAVE to preach their sermons tomorrow. My soul is constrained to do this – if that means anything to anyone! Can you understand this? Have you experienced it? I wish that I could write it such a way that it would help make it easier to understand. ‘Better felt than telt,’ I guess.
Surely pride would well up within me if I truly believed that I was honoured enough to ‘serving’ as an ambassador for Christ! Perhaps the difficulties that I suffer each day keep pride at bay! I cannot tell, yet each morning I commit my way to Him.
There is one thing that I am fully persuaded of this morning and it is this. Jesus the Christ of God, my Saviour Redeemer is worthy of total commitment and all trust. The failings in my life are not on His part – I am the weak link. It is my sin, my blindness, and my unbelief that prevents or delays things coming to pass. He is more willing to give than I am to receive.
He always has been and I have always been a stubborn, unbelieving old mule!
I wish that I had the words that would so encourage you to commit your way today to God and to trust Him to bring – whatever you have committed to Him - to pass that they would be impaled into the depths of your soul, held and waiting there in full expectation that what He has promised He is able also to perform.
Is anything to hard for our Lord? No my friend and a thousand times NO!
I’ll leave you with part of a little story I read this morning:-
‘True faith drops its letter in the post office box, and lets it go. Distrust holds on to a corner of it, and wonders that the answer never comes. I have some letters in my desk that have been written for weeks, but there was some uncertainty about the address or the contents, so they are yet unmailed. They have not done either me or anybody else any good yet. They will never accomplish anything until I let them go out of my hands and trust to the postman and the mail.’
My friend, I plead with you today – let go and drop the letter (your prayerful request) into the post box. Do not try like me and bring your heart’s desire to pass under your own steam as I can tell you now that it will never happen!
Let God do it, He is far better at running and organising our lives than we are. Whatever He has promised you, He will perform.
‘Delight thyself in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.’