It is that time of year when many will graduate and move to the next chapter of their life.
Ps. 37:5 says: “Commit your way to the Lord, trust in Him, and He will act.”
I have heard that the word “commit” is a Hebrew word that means to roll over; as you would a stone. In other words, according to this verse, God is encouraging you to roll over your cares and burdens onto Jesus Christ or commit all your concerns to God.
Often in God’s Word, our lives of faith are described as a journey knowing that heaven is our eternal home. Many graduating will often feel that “life only gets better from here!” However, there are plenty of roadblocks, obstacles and detours that life in a sinful, fallen world bring.
The devil, the world and our sinful flesh will use these things to get you off your path to your heavenly home and abandon your Savior. You will find your convictions, faith and Christian principles challenged by the world.
So … what should you do about this when facing difficulties? “Commit your way to the Lord!” When you find yourself in trouble, not knowing what to do, go to the Lord in prayer and turn it over to Him. Ask Him to direct your way, keep you from what would be harmful, or use the trial for good, to the glory of His name.
We often fail to trust in the Lord in all things. It goes back to the fall of mankind in the garden of Eden. Thanks be to God that He sent His son, Jesus Christ, into this world to live the perfect, sinless life you and I could not, and then suffer, die and rise again so that we could be forgiven of all of our sins and receive the gift of eternal life.
Just as God promised Adam and Eve a Savior after their sin, He promises that He will care for our needs as well. He’s forgiven our sins through Jesus’ life death, resurrection and ascension. He will provide for your needs in life, hold you through the difficult times and use all things for your good.
Sometimes you won’t see it that way, but eventually you will look back and see how things worked out so much better than you could have imagined, simply because God led you down a different path than what you had intended, and used some of those roadblocks and difficulties to get you there.
But no matter what the future holds, you will have opportunities to witness your faith in Christ and put into practice what you’ve learned throughout your Christian upbringing. You will at times have to face the cynical attitude of the world because of your faith. But when that happens, keep the words of the text, “Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will act.”
May God grant that to each of you.