“Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”
When we commit our way to the Lord we effectively do two things. The first is that we allow Him to set the way – in other words the direction we will take and the road we will travel. The second is that we allow Him to determine the way in which it will unfold and the way in which we will respond. No matter where and how we are when we take that decision, or take it again, we are looking for God to lead us forward.
This is exactly what Jesus did Himself. He taught that He only did what the Father showed Him and only spoke the words that the Father gave Him.
- “whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.” (John 12:50)
- “but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.” (John 14:31)
There are always two options open to us. There is the way of the world, or my way, and the way of the Lord which is God’s way. We choose the one that we will follow. In committing our ‘way to the Lord’ we are choosing Him and His way over ourselves and our way. We acknowledge Him as Lord and, therefore, commit ourselves to following Him and doing whatever He calls us to.
If we will commit ourselves to walking in the way of the Lord – in thought, word, deed and manner – then we can safely leave the outcome to Him. He will ensure that it falls in with His desires and plans and that we are blessed accordingly. Where we try and keep control and have Him walk with us and bless our ways, then we are heading for pain and disaster. In addition, and looking beyond the personal element, when we live His way we are joining with Jesus and His disciples in the establishment of the Kingdom of God. Where we do not we weaken and delay the process.
Why miss out on the blessings of God by running our own lives? If we can trust His dying for us how much more can we trust His living for us?
There is no choice for the Christian – we just fight it or embrace it. Start where you are, and try to give your life to God an hour at a time. Tell Him and yourself. Then work, drive, socialise and relate with Him in mind. Don’t look at others – look to yourself.
Father, You are God – all-powerful, all-knowing and of unsurpassable love. Please help me to acknowledge this in the way that I live – and help me to mean it when I pray, ‘Your will be done on earth (and in my life) as it is in heaven.’ Amen.