Sunday, February 12, 2006
“…for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed to him against that day.” (2 Tim.1:12)
It’s probably safe to say, the “that” which Paul claims to have committed to God against the day when he would stand before Him, was his soul. Having said that, I think we will miss a great benefit if we limit that principle to the next life. Just as faith is not all squandered in salvation, commitment does not end at the Cross.
Once we have committed our souls to Him for all eternity, does it not make sense to commit everything else outside our capabilities to Him also? After all, it says of our Lord that He “committed himself to him that judgeth righteously” (1Pet.2:23). It was not His soul He was committing to the Father, but His will. We say so easily, “Well, I’m just going to commit it to the Lord.” But in the dark of night, those areas in our lives outside our control, but within our sphere of worry, are apt to rear their heads, if they are not truly committed to God.
The key to victory in this particular battle is recognition and realization of the first part of the phrase. “[I] am persuaded that he is able…” It’s imperative that we face ourselves and understand that we hesitate to commit something to someone else, if we are not sure he or she is capable of taking care of it. We find it hard to delegate authority as long as we think no one else can do things as well as we. If Jesus considered God to be trustworthy enough to commit His earthly life to, pray tell me, why should you or I hesitate to commit to Him all the needless worries we hug to our breasts?
He is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto Him—people, possessions, health, future, all of it. It’s not a question of His capability, but my “commit-ability.” And of that I am persuaded.