5 Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun. Psalm 37:5-6
There is great blessing in committing our way to the Lord. Committing our way to the Lord means that we willingly surrender our lives to the will of Almighty God. There is great peace in simply trusting the Lord. Too many times we try to control everything, but God is simply calling us to let go and trust Him in all things.
The Lord will always have His way in our lives. Many times when we have been wronged in life we sometimes think that God has forgotten us and abandoned us. But He has an exact time when He will move. But trusting the Lord can be hard because it requires that we live by faith and not by sight.
As we trust the Lord we develop deep intimacy with Him. We come to know Him in a much deeper way and He begins to transform our lives from the inside out. He has given us His word and He has given us the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit. May we fix our hearts and minds upon Jesus this day and be obedient to all that the Lord leads us to do.
5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
And in His word I do hope. Psalm 130:5
Waiting on the Lord can be difficult, uncomfortable, and hard. There is a deep work that takes place in our hearts as we wait upon the Lord. Our faith and trust continues to grow deeper as we wait upon the Lord for His timing and His promise. God is always faithful and His timing is always perfect. But this is very difficult because He often doesn’t tell us when something will happen. What I have found as I have waited on the Lord and continue to wait upon Him is that He simply continues to lead me to His word.
He leads me to examples in His word of people who have had to wait upon Him. He leads me to promises in His word that He is faithful and will complete what He has begun in us by His grace and His power. But this journey is all about growing in Him and becoming more and more like Him. This only happens as patience is developed in our lives and patience is also known as long suffering. Often times for patience to be developed in a life of a person they must be willing to suffer for a long period of time.
Suffering is never enjoyable while we are going through it, but there is a purpose behind it. Those our Father loves He prunes and that pruning process can be very painful and uncomfortable. But we must be willing to yield and surrender our hearts to the Lord and His will. One of the most difficult things in our Christian journey is surrendering our hearts and lives to the will of God. God is faithful and fulfill every promise and plan. But waiting upon Him for His timing and His way can be hard but is always designed with a purpose.
Hate evil, you who love the Lord, Who preserves the souls of His godly ones; He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
Psalm 97:10 NASB
We are called to hate that which is evil. We live in a world and culture in which the things of wickedness are glorified. As we seek Christ each day we become more and more aware of the wickedness of the world. We are called to be set apart in the world. In God’s word the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Holy Spirit is clearly presented and we are called to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness. As we walk with the Lord each day the Lord is continuing to refine us and to prune us. Those the Father loves He prunes and as we walk each step of this journey the Lord is continually cutting away the things of our fleshly nature and replacing them with His nature and His character.
For the word of the Lord is upright, And all His work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the loving kindness of the Lord.
Psalm 33:4-5 NASB
The Lord is faithful. He is faithful to fulfill every plan and purpose according to His sovereign will. There are times during our journey with the Lord that we can feel as if we have been forgotten or abandoned. But it is in the most difficult moments that God is doing His greatest work.
God’s greatest desire is to produce within us His nature and His character. When we are born into this world we are born into sin and bondage. We are enslaved to sin and we are driven to fulfill the selfish and wicked desires that exist within us. But when we come to Jesus our hearts and lives are set free from the curse of sin and death.
As we walk with Christ each day and seek His face through prayer and the study of His word, our lives are transformed from the inside out. The deepest works of God in the life of a person when the work is taking place is not noticed by those on the outside, but for the person being transformed the process at times is painful and challenging.
For Jesus compared the Christian journey to carrying one’s cross. This journey can not be accomplished in our own strength. It is in the place of process that we learn to die to ourselves and learn to rely fully upon the Lord. The maturation process in Christ is one in which we simply learn to live each day fully relying upon God.
In every moment, no matter how big or small we learn to fully trust the Lord. The greatest thing we can do is simply abide in Him each day. As we draw near and seek Him our hunger for Him will continue to grow and overtake our heart. We will become obsessed with Him and the pursuit of His kingdom. May we focus our hearts each day upon the Lord and meditate daily upon His word.
But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your loving kindness in the morning, For You have been my stronghold And a refuge in the day of my distress.
Psalm 59:16 NASB
The Lord is our stronghold. He is the one who sustains us throughout this journey we call life. For everything God has called us to do, He has equipped us for His purposes. Our journey with Him is a journey of progressive growth. Through every trial and challenge we learn to rely upon the Lord each and every day. We learn to decrease so that He may increase in us.
God has given us His word to guide our lives, to correct us, and to encourage us on a daily basis. Time spent daily in God’s word will renew our minds and transform our lives. It will give us the proper perspective in every situation. If we walk this journey without spending time in God’s word we will see all things from an earthly perspective. We will see things as impossible and will believe things to be limited. But when we diligently study the scripture daily we will have a heavenly perspective. We will believe and understand with the Lord nothing is impossible. We will see with God there are no limits and that whatever He has called and commissioned us to do is indeed possible because it is simply accomplished through Him and by His hand.
You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.
Psalm 86:5 NIV
The tells us time and time again to call upon Him. One of the most powerful things we have on this earth in our relationship with Jesus Christ is prayer. Through Jesus we are able to draw near to the throne of grace with confidence. Our sin is gone and when we open our mouths and pour out our hearts, our Father in Heaven hears us.
He is abounding in love towards us. There are many out there who believe that God is angry at them or some how holds there past over them. But the truth is when we come to Christ and give our lives to Him, our past has been nailed to the cross. Our sins no longer remains.
May our lives be a house of prayer. May we seek the Lord with our whole heart. May we remove every idol and every hindrance from our lives. When prayer becomes the priority and focus, we become the sons and daughters God has called us to be.
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
Psalm 119:105 NIV
God’s word lights our path. We live in a world filled with darkness and the steps we make on a daily basis are based upon decisions that are made. Decisions made take place in our heart and in our mind. When we study God’s word daily and partake of His word it is the Holy Spirit who transforms our lives from the inside out. It is the Holy Spirit who leads and guides us throughout the course of each day.
A decision to follow Jesus is one in which we decide to walk with Christ every day of our lives. It is not a one time decision that simply takes place. It is a daily decision to align ourselves with God’s word and the pursuit of His kingdom. It is impossible to claim to follow Christ and pursuit our own selfish wants and desires. For when we choose to follow Christ we turn our lives over to Him and they now belong to Jesus.
Today if you find yourself struggling with a decision that needs to be made seek the Lord in prayer and the study of His word. The more time we spend with the Lord, the more sensitive we become to His voice and His leading. The more we come to recognize how He is leading us on a daily basis. The bottom line is the more time we spend with Him, the more we become like Him.