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‘Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.’ Psalm 37:5 (KJV)
Commitment is a funny word. It refers to complete surrender of time and energy to something you believe in; to make a promise or firm decision to do something. When we commit to the Lord we are making a strong decision that we believe in the Lord. Are we strong enough in the Lord to make a true commitment?
That is the question we must ask the person in the mirror. We are to look in our own eyes and test our resolve to become what the Lord plans for us. Can we do this? Can we change the plans we have in our dreams in favor of the plan the Lord has in mind?
Patience is important when we are in the process of prayer and exploring the Lord. Our first goal is to listen for the voice of God. In order to do this we must commit to read the word of God; to drink on the written word. We must also be committed to a daily personal connection in prayer and meditation with the Lord. Recognizing the signature of God is ultimately important, because Satan likes to pull himself off as the voice of God. When we have a personal relationship with God we can easily recognize the great imposter.
However, learning the voice of God and the true plan of God is not always easy and this is where patience is necessary. God answers prayer, but not always in the way we envision it should be. He has his own way of giving to the faithful, and usually it is greater than what we originally imagined if we have patience. He asks for our commitment, faith and trust, as Psalm 37 above states, then ‘he shall being it to pass.’
The Lord works in His time, not on our agenda. Yes, we want what we pray for today; now and we can become impatient when it appears like it will not happen. At times we have been known to take things into our own hands, as really make things worse. We actually push the goal farther away when this happens.
I am not saying that we should simply pray and wait. Far from it, we should pray and look for the signs, listen for guidance from God and then follow that path. The pathway, however, may not be the way we want to go. We find the path and it is overgrown and full of dangerous turns and pitfalls. Along the way we notice an easier path, one that has been well cut, maintained and well-travelled. The alternative path seems much easier.
We must be wary, for the beaten path is sometimes a trap. We must go where there is no trail, if God says we must go there. The path that is less travelled usually holds the mystery of why we are here in the first place. Along the way we will be strengthened by tests and tribulations that make us tougher and able to handle what is to come. If we choose the easier, more enticing path we may not become conditioned for the trouble to come. God has a plan and He chose our path. Trust in the Lord.
When I began exercising daily a year ago, I could barely get through the exercise program my wife had created. One Tae-Bo video, one Pilates video and running in place for fifteen minutes. I was exhausted after one week and wanted to quit, but I had been diagnosed with high cholesterol and was fifty pounds overweight, so I stuck it out, even though I was enticed by the luxury of sitting on the couch and watching my favorite movie or TV show. I also changed my diet. No more sugary or salty treats, reducing coffee intake and replacing red meat with chicken and fish. We also increased our vegetable and fruits. This made a difference, however I was more tired at first, I had faith that this was the path the Lord had chosen for me.
I lost a lot of weight at first, dropping from 186 lbs to 165 lbs within the first thirty to forty days. The rest took longer. We had minor lapses in indulgence of sweets and the holiday season was a challenge, but we maintained our exercise regimen, even increasing to three Tae-Bo videos, a Pilate’s video, running in place and ten minute Abs video. I also began to feel better, physically and emotionally. When we did not exercise I felt like something was missing for the day. Again God had a plan for my health and today I weigh my ideal weight of 128 lbs and am much healthier than I have ever been. This took a little over a year, and was all natural, no weight loss pills or special diet plans. I prayed daily that the Lord was with me through my workout and He pulled me through the tough days, like weeks where my weight did not change at all and I was exhausted beyond belief.
Now we have a 90-minute exercise regimen and healthy eating plan that not only assists us in maintaining our weight, but helps us spiritually and connectedly in our marriage. We also save money—fresh fruits and vegetable are much less expensive than sugary and salty treats and we feel the energy to get through the day with less fatigue from a crash and burn lifestyle. I even made a switch from coffee to tea and water—no more caffeine at all.
God’s plan this year was to improve my health and He did it with me. He was next to me every day and I know I could not have done this alone. I had faith that He knew what he was doing and stayed on the path that was less travelled. I know that my faith and trust made the difference this year. I must also credit my wife for her resolve to stick with God’s plan with me on this as well. We were and are accountability partners; she is the perfect gift from God daily in my life.
I give this illustration not to express my success but to exalt the Lord’s work in my life. And He can do the same for you, if you let Him.
I urge you to stick with God’s plan, but remember to pray and read the word of God everyday. Trust in the Lord and commit to His plan—He will deliver!
Bio: Brian has written his poetry book, Poetry for Browsing, a collection of poems. The book may be purchased at www.publishamerica.net.
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