Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 16, 2019
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. Psalm 37:5 (ESV)
So often we walk through life without clarity on where we are headed. And when we set out without a clear course or trajectory, we rarely if ever find ourselves in the places we want to be! Especially as Christians, a life of discipleship requires true intentionality and clarity of vision. You and I will not stumble our way towards holiness or fall into a life of mature discipleship. While we are always led and empowered by the grace of God, we must still pursue him in intentional and deliberate ways.
Do you have a plan for spiritual growth? As you look at your life in your current season, do you have a vision of where you’d like to be in a year’s time? As it says in Proverbs, “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18). An essential part of a robust and vibrant spiritual life is a clear plan for growth.
Your life may be filled to the brim with a steady flow of commitments and distractions, clouding your discernment and cluttering your vision, making it harder and harder to see a faithful way forward. Resist the urge to rush ahead and add something to an already overcommitted life, even a good and Godly thing! Instead, push the pause button and reassess your priorities and how you use your time.
Our use of time is a remarkable indicator of what we love and where we are headed. We as humans have an incredible capacity to say one thing and do another! For example, I could say, “I love reading books in the evening.” However, if I look at my actual week and 5 out of 7 evenings are spent watching television, a truer statement is “I love watching Netflix!” Before putting too much trust in where you say you are going, reflect upon how you spend your days and see where you are actually headed in life.
To commit your way to the Lord is to build your life upon the values of his Kingdom. It is to bring your time, talents, and treasures into full alignment with his will and purpose. And as the Psalmist reminds us, committing our way to the Lord is an act of trust. We believe that he will meet us and guide us into a full and flourishing life lived with him. Trust today that life with God is the greatest thing you could ever give yourself to, and therefore run after him with all of your heart, mind, and strength!
“And may your hearts be fully committed to the LORD our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time” (1 Kings 8:61).
Father, give us the courage to trust you with our present and our future, believing that your ways are good, right, and true. Amen.
Take an audit of your time, looking for ways that you are overextended and overcommitted in one or two areas.
To commit your way to the Lord is to build your life upon the values of his Kingdom. #wisdomhunters #commmittoGod
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