A very helpful way to start the New Year is to start with God... COMMIT.
Psalm 37:5- Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:
He will do what?
Psalm 37:6- He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.
Also, take a look at Proverbs 16:3- Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
Some powerful promises stated above. God guiding your path. God giving you righteous reward. God vindicating you. God establishing your plans.
Isn't that a wonderful way to start the new year? This is a path to breathe a sigh of relief, to know you do not walk alone. But of course, there is always the other option. Doing it all in your own power. Choose God!
A Western dictionary defines the word "commit" as pledging oneself to a position and aligning your effort towards achieving that goal. Aligning YOUR effort, there is no reference to God in that definition.
Western thought views the world through the mind, reasoning through, and in self-effort.
Whereas God's biblical language is rooted in Eastern culture and dependence upon him. God's wants to be known with help through the 5 senses. Additionally in God's terms, revelation comes from His Spirit and received by faith, John 16:12-15.
Our 5 senses can be engaged through meditating upon concrete object references and living scenes God uses. As a few examples only, when God talks about soul thirst, he inspires King David with an image of a deer panting by streams of water, Psalm 42:1. When God talks about sending his teachings, he uses imagery of rain falling from Heaven in various forms, Deuteronomy 32:2. When he talks about His people, he calls them sheep, Isaiah 53:6. He calls himself the Good Shepherd who gives his life for the sheep, John 10:11. Each image a scene that comes alive and contains supernatural truths that feed, fill, and guide souls who commit to God. They are not meant to be quickly read over, processed by the mind alone. We are meant to linger. Supernatural spirit revelation required. The scenes and images are meant to be stopping points for Spirit prayer, holy rest, renewal of mind.
Here is how God defines "commit".
Hebrew word number H1556, galal- to roll, roll away, roll down, roll together.
To roll is to commit? Huh?
What to roll? It's not clear in the definition alone. But it is if you go into the scripture references. Most references are about rolling stones as acts of committing to God or responding in His nature. God references stones in acts of commitment which lead to other scenes to ponder. As we understand His references, we understand Him and how to trust in His ways. There is great gain for the soul the more you understand the essence of God. The pictures behind "commit" are scripture scenes filled with beauty, power, and promise!
To those willing to stay, to those willing to consider the quick fix is not this year's answer, to those willing to give up on a plan of more intense self-effort, you are a candidate who might choose "to roll" with God. Be curious! God rewards those who, by faith, earnestly seek him- Hebrews 11:6!
Make 2018 a year of promise and righteous reward! Starting on Monday, January 1st, a series of 21 images that reference committing your way to God will be posted. One will be posted per day for 21 days. You will be able to use them to meditate on God's ways and promise, to pray and worship, to commit. It is available to those who sign up at the top of the blog page. The day you sign up is the day you start receiving the images. (Note: If you sign up after the first day, previous day images will not be sent.) Curious about how to roll a stone and commit? Sign up! Commit 2018 to God!
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