“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.” -Kenneth Blanchard
We all encounter at some point in our lives to commit to something or someone, especially to God. How many times did you said to God, “Lord, I commit this to you….” But you can’t stop thinking about what will happen and then you started to be impatient to wait upon the Lord so you intervene and do it yourself then unaware you are now carrying the burden on your shoulder. And as it becomes heavy, the hope that you see pills off one by one until you feel so tired and you cry out to God asking help from Him. And then you do it again on the same road but in different situations.
Isn’t that frustrating? do we know what it means to commit?
It’s easy to say yes when you commit if things are still in your control, right? But when things are not coming your way that’s when the true testing of your commitment comes in. And you tend to see yourself struggling in why you do what you do. I so can relate though because it happened to me.
The Lord led me in Psalm 37:5 it said, “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.’
The Hebrew word for commit here is ’galal’ that means to roll, roll away, roll down, roll together. And the Hebrew word for your way is ’derek’ that means way, road, distance, journey, manner, direction, life.
How did I commit my way to God?
I opened myself to God.
Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you. 1 Peter 5:7 (MSG)
I like the word carefree here. We all have seen a bird with different kinds and species but you know what’s the best part of a bird? They live carefreely. They don’t worry about what they eat or drink nor their place to stay but they live a life free from anything and everything. We can hear how they sang every morning and we can see how they flap their wings so high and so wide. They were created to live a life like that and they are living it to the fullest.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:26b 9 (MSG), “Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds”
God said we are far more than the birds and most of the time we forgot that very Truth. We are still got so frustrated and burdened with so many questions to God.
But as I open myself to God, I realized that life is far more beautiful than what I see now. He led me to a place where I’ve experienced His great love and unending peace. What I love about opening my heart to God is, I can just be who I am in His presence. He allows me to experience Him and witnessing His grace first hand. It’s beyond explaining it to you.
As I commit myself to God, I am putting my confidence in Him regardless of when or how His promise will happen.
I gave my plans to God.
“Before you do anything, put your trust totally in God and not in yourself. Then every plan you make will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3 (TPT)
As Chuck Smith said, “Many times we don’t understand why God does the things He does. But the difference between our ways and thoughts and God’s is that He knows the end and the beginning. Therefore, He does not have to wonder whether what He has done is right.”
I was caught up in making my plans and creating a strategy of how it will happen then after that I give it all to God. But the Proverbs is so clear when it said, “Before you do anything…” oh! well, I wasn’t paying attention to reading the Bible.
As I commit my plans to God, I am trusting Him in my direction, my ways, my journey, my future, and my life.
I rolled my burdens to God.
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved” Psalm 55:22 (ESV).
Casting our burdens to God is not just a one-time event as long as we live here on earth burdens will always be there but God is inviting us to give it all to Him because as we do, he will surely sustain us. I came to realized that I often struggle and get frustrated because I wasn’t rolling my burdens to God, I was holding it in the palm of my hands. I was withholding the heavy burdens that’s why I get so tired because it’s too much for me to bear.
I am becoming the lord of myself because I thought I can, but the truth is I can’t and will never be.
As I commit my burdens to God, I let Him take all the worries in my life even the things that I hold on to because He is God, I am not. Letting Him in charge of everything that is happening and will happen to me.
Questions for Reflection & Call to Action:
What are your plans now and for the next 5 years? Are you committing it all to God?
How is your commitment to God? Are you drawing closer to Him or getting far from Him? And why do think so?
Share to one person or two on how you see the commitment to God is essential.