Commit It to the Lord

At funerals, we often hear a statement that is based upon Psalm 31:5: "Into thy hands we commit their spirit." This prayer is an acknowledgment that the departed person is now in the hands of a sovereign God. So many people wait until they are dead to commit their lives into God's hands.

Even when we try to plan our lives, there are many unexpected twists and turns. How much better is it when we commit our lives to the Lord willingly! Again, the Bible says, "Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established" (Proverbs 16:3). When we commit ourselves to the Lord, He will help direct our thoughts to make the right choices. 

Commitment brings a level of predictability and stability. The Bible instructs us: "Commit thy way unto the Lord: trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass" (Psalm 37:5). When we commit to the Lord, we can trust that the Lord has our best interests at heart because He knows who we are and our members are written in His book (Psalm 139:16).

The apostle Paul, near the end of his life, told Timothy, "...For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day" (II Timothy 1:12b). After all the trials that Paul had endured, he still knew it was worth staying committed to the Lord. 

Jesus said, "Come unto me...and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28). Let's commit ourselves to the Lord Jesus and place our lives into the hands of the One who loves us. He died so that we could have eternal life. Commit yourself to His purpose and find rest.