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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Commitment (01/05/12)

TITLE: Eternal Commitment
By Edmond Ng


    Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it. (Psalm 37:5 NAS)
According to EveryDayInterviewTips.com, one of the most common questions asked by employers when considering hiring a staff is “How long do you plan on staying with us?” This question is reasonable because when a corporation decides to hire a person, it has to make a financial commitment. Besides paying a salary, whenever an employee leaves, the employer also needs to find someone else to replace the job, and that costs time, money, and efficiency.

One of the advices given on what not to say as an answer to the question is “I plan on staying until I retire.” This is because unless we are in our 60s, this statement cannot be true. While we need to sound like we are planning on committing to the role, we can never know what the future holds. A more appropriate answer would therefore be something like, “I plan to stay until there is nothing left for me to contribute to the company’s future success.”

Commitment to the job is expected of employees, but much is left to be said of the same expectation from employers. During times of bad economy or slow economic growth, employers seldom remember the commitment they made to their employees and are often quick to lay off their staff, sometimes even without appropriate compensation.

Thankfully, our God is not like an employer that He should fail to keep His end of the bargain. He is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should repent (Numbers 23:19). Has He said and will He not do it? Has He spoken and will He not make it good?

Unlike the commitment made between employers and employees, we can be sure our commitment to God our Savior is never in vain. He will never abandon or forsake us in times of our trouble or need, for the LORD our God is a compassionate God; He will not fail us or forget His promises (Deuteronomy 4:31).

Let us therefore commit our ways to the Lord and put our complete trust in Him, that our works and our plans will be established (Psalm 37:5; Proverbs 16:3). Hold fast to the word of life, that in the day of Christ we will have reason to glory because we did not run nor toil in vain (Philippians 2:16).

Today, if our Lord is to ask us how long do we plan to stay with Him, what will our answer be? Will we say until we retire, until there is nothing left for us to contribute to His kingdom, or as long as we shall live, all the days of our lives through eternity? What if He calls us to a particular ministry? Will we say we will try it out for a year first before we decide, or will we willingly obey? May it be found in our hearts to desire to serve the Lord and to be with Him forever and ever. Amen.

Dear Lord, our hearts yearn to be with You forever and ever. We desire Lord to commit our whole being and all aspects of our lives to You. Be our King and our Lord to reign supreme in our lives, for we do not want to be half-hearted in serving You ever again. You O Lord are a compassionate God, and You never fail to fulfill what You promise us. In You we will put our complete trust O God, for You know our needs, and never leave us without help in times of our troubles. Thank You Lord for always being with us when we need You. We praise and worship You O Lord our God, because You alone are worthy of our absolute commitment.

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Brenda Shipman 01/12/12
Great intro using the "hiring" analogy, then nice transition into the truth of your piece - God's commitment to us, our commitment to Him. Perfect use of Scripture. Nicely done.
C D Swanson 01/13/12
Beautiful job, this could probably be used as a devotional. I really enjoyed it. Thank you.God Bless~
Nancy Bucca01/15/12
I too think this would make a great devotional. Nice work.
Noel Mitaxa 01/18/12
A solid, well-constructed challenge. Well done.
Leola Ogle 01/18/12
Having retired from working in a ministry, I know the value of commitment. Excellent piece on the topic! God bless!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/20/12
What a perfect verse you found for this wonderful devotion. You always move me with your words. I wanted to show someone how to write great devotions for the challenge and of course immediately thought of you and suggested she check out your work. Congratulations for ranking 10th in level three!