Several weeks ago I concluded our Sunday service by challenging our people, that no matter what the circumstances of their life might be, they needed to commit themselves to God. The text that Sunday was from 1 Peter 2:21-25:
For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: “Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth”; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.
In the darkest hour of His suffering Christ committed Himself to the Father. That’s our example. That is what we have been called to do as Christ-followers. To commit our lives to God, the righteous judge, even in our darkest hour.
Sometime later I was asked the question: What does that look like? What does it look like in practical terms to commit your life to God in your hour of trial? Good question. The only words that can answer the question are the words absolute trust. That’s what Christ did. He put His absolute trust in God. When He faced verbal and physical abuse, He trusted God. When all of His earthly friends abandoned Him, he trusted God. When He faced certain death, He trusted God.
That’s a good answer but it is only part of the answer. There is still the question: What does it look like to trust God? The answer is that trusting God is not that different from human trust. While it’s not a perfect analogy (we fail – God doesn’t), it is instructive to examine trust expressed in human relationships to learn what it means in our relationship with God.
Trust between two people is the trust of a little boy whose father says, Jump, I’ll catch you. It’s the trust of a teenage daughter whose heart has been broken when her mother tells her that this is not the end of life. It’s the trust of a friend who tells you that he/she will always be there for you no matter what you go through in life. It’s the trust of a wife who knows that her husband will always provide for her and protect her.
To trust God is to accept His word without doubt. It’s to believe that He is and always will be there for you. It’s to accept the reality that He is concerned about you and will always have your back. It’s to recognize that He knows the end of the path and that He can use even the dark times to bring about good in your life for His glory.
Committing yourself to God is to place your absolute trust in Him in all areas of your life, in all circumstances of your life. It’s what Proverbs 3:5-6 means. I like the Amplified Version of this passage; Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.
It goes against our natural inclination and everything our minds and others tell us, but that is how you commit the day-to-day events of your life to God.
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