In yesterday’s manna, we looked deep into just how trustworthy our God is! We know that when we have trials that overwhelm us, we can turn to the Lord, and we can be restassured that He is able to deliver! Today however, I’d like us to look at our relationship with our trustworthy God, and ask ourselves if we have truly “committed our way unto Him?”
If you’ll notice in Psalms 37:5, it does give us our “end of the bargain” by committing to Him as well as trusting in Him. Yesterday I referenced the Biblical reality of the scriptures giving conditions. Examples: “IF you abide in me,” (John 15:7) “You will seek me and find me WHEN…” (Jeremiah 29:13) “IF any man purge himself…” (2 Timothy 2:21) and countless more! A time when the Philistines were I continue threat against the Israelite nation, the prophet Samuel spoke the word to God’s people and this is what the Lord said regarding His desire to deliver His people:
“And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, “If ye do return unto the Lord with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtoreth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the Lord, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.” -1 Samuel 7:3
You see there’s absolutely no doubt that God wants to deliver us from peril or trials, but it is equally imperative that we realize our commitment to God it is just as important as our trust in Him. This verse in 1 Samuel 7:3 shows the conditions before God will deliver them out of the hands of their enemies. 1.) returning to the Lord 2.) put away other gods 3.) prepare their hearts unto the Lord 4.) serve Him ONLY.
Throughout my life I’ve found that sometimes God, though wanting to deliver us, will allow us to remain in “the pit “simply to get our attention to call out to Him. King Hezekiah is one of many perfect examples of this life principle.
“In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, ‘Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.’ Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, saying,’I beseech thee, O Lord , remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight.’ And Hezekiah wept sore. And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lord came to him, saying, Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, ‘Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord.” – 2 Kings 20:1-5
There is no doubt that God delights in mercy (Micah 7:18-19), but His mercy is designed for us to receive when we submit, surrender, and commit to Him! God’s desire is to “cast all our sins into the depths of the sea” as stated in the same reference of Micah chapter 7. We have to remember that Christ came to die on the cross to pay the penalty for sin not that we can be forgiven and continue life as usual, but that we would be forgiven and we would abandon our trespasses total commitment and trust in Him!
“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” -Romans 6:16-18
“Let your heart therefore be perfect with the Lord our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day.” -1 Kings 8:61
“The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them. The Lord preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.” – Psalms 145:18-20
You see I not only trust the Lord in His power, might, and mercy, but I have committed my life to Him in service to His ministry. As human beings, yes we will fail, however we have an advocate with the Father and His name is Jesus! Bible assures us that if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us of all unrighteousness! (1 John 1:9)
Today, trust AND commit.