“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act” (Psalm 37:5)
I came across this verse as part of my Bible in one year reading plan. Now, I have to admit, my ultimate goal for this plan is to get the big picture, to read the entire Bible. Some days, I push through the text, paying little attention to individual verses. But on this particular day, this particular verse and this particular word stood out to me: Commit.
Deep inside, I heard Him ask, “Have you committed your way to Me?” And for the past several days, it’s been on repeat in my head.
My initial answer was, well, of course, Lord. I’ve committed my way to you—I’ve accepted Christ as my Savior, and I truly want to live for You. I pray about decisions needing to be made. Yes, my way is committed to you.
But the more the question swirled around in my head, the more I felt the truth in my heart.
Even though I’ve committed my life to the Lord, there’s an area or two I’m still holding onto.
This verse isn’t talking about our lives in general; it’s talking about committing specific areas to Him.
Let's consider commitments we make outside our relationship with the Lord: we commit to jobs, committees, or teams. And when we make that commitment, it means we DO something. We make that commitment a priority. We schedule the time and show up to work on it. Eventually, we see progress or success because of the commitment we’ve made.
The same is true when we commit our way to the Lord and trust in Him . . . we will see Him act.
If there is an area of your life that feels stagnant, like God is inactive, maybe it’s because though you’ve trusted Him in this area, you haven’t committed your way to Him.
If you ask God to search your heart, I’m guessing that, like me, you’ll discover an area you are still holding onto. Maybe it’s your parenting, marriage, friendships, or other relationships. Or perhaps it’s a project, business idea, ministry opportunity, or something at work. An area you have trusted Him with, but have not fully committed your way, your actions to Him.
Consider these questions concerning that area God revealed to you.
1. Is my ________ a priority?
2. Do I schedule time for my ________?
3. Am I showing up regularly to work at my ________?
Asking myself these questions helped me realize there are areas of my life where I’ve failed to commit my way to the Lord. I have prayed over it and trusted the Lord with it, but my actions reveal I have not committed my way to Him.
What’s the difference between trusting and committing?
Trusting is an act of the heart, but committing is an act of the hands. To trust is to believe God will work in this area, but committing is when we work beside Him.
Making a commitment means we act.
So how do we act? We prioritize, schedule, and show up. Our actions should reveal that this area is a priority. We schedule time to work on it. Maybe that means scheduling time for relationships (date nights, one-on-one time with kids, lunch with a friend). Maybe that means picking up a parenting book, listening to a marriage podcast, or spending time working on a project. To show we’ve committed our way, we must do something, not just sit back and wait for God to act. We must be a part of the action.
Once we’ve committed our way (the evidence is in our actions) and submitted our hearts by trusting the Lord, soon we will see Him at work. He will act. And likely, He will act in bigger ways than we ever could have dreamed.
So, friends, will you join me in committing our way to the Lord? Will you join me in acting on those areas God has revealed in our hearts? Will you prioritize, schedule, and show up?
I want to commit my __________ to You. Help me schedule time to make this a priority. Please show me ways to grow and discover Your leading in this area. Lord, I trust You have a plan for my __________. I know You love me, and I trust in Your path. Lord, I can’t wait to see You act. I’m anticipating Your work in my life and my __________. Thank You for Your constant presence and desire to be involved even in this area of my life. Help me commit my way to You.
In Your will, through Your power, and for Your glory,