11/8/1998 11:00 AM
2 Timothy 1:12
The apostle Paul went through many things, but he was not ashamed. Sometimes the question can come to us as to the future. It is of value and help to know God, not just from a historical, but a personal point of view, that we can have confidence in him. Let's think about the idea of us committing things to God. You commit your money to the banker for its safekeeping. In the same way we commit things to God. It is good to have confidence in someone when you commit things to them.
We want to let God work out what would be best for us. We need to commit our cause to God. Let him take care of us. Craftiness is not what we need, but we need the help of God. His way is best.
Trust in the Lord and do good. Don't fret or worry yourself, but trust in the Lord and do good. Commit thy way; let God determine the direction for your life. God knows the course ahead and can lead. He can make your life have meaning and value in a way that you could not imagine. God doesn't try to pick a way that will be unpleasant but he chooses the good, the "better paths for our feet."
"Commit thy works" If we'll let God work through us what he would have accomplished, the works will be good. We don't want to promote self-righteousness - we can't do the works of ourselves. People are quick to take credit for the good works, and quick to find excuse for the failures. There are things to be learned from a big flop as well as a great success (not speaking of going into sin here either).
"Commit your spirit" We can turn our spirit to him right here, to let him work through us. He is our Redeemer and can pull us from the hidden snare. There is much in this world to promote a wrong spirit, but God can keep us from the evil of this world.
I Peter 4:16-19
The gospel day has had its trying times. We have not experienced what people in other times and places have in regard to persecution. Don't be shaken, moved or ashamed if pressed, keep your eyes on God. Let the judgment of God begin with us. Lay down judgment at the house of God first. God has a salvation that will more than "just barely" make it. Commit the keeping of your soul in well-doing. God is a faithful creator. No matter what comes be faithful in well-doing. If you walk with God it'll turn out ok and you will make it to heaven. Commit it all to God and trust him to keep and get to know him better and gain more and more confidence. "The arm of flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own." - you can't keep yourself on your own, but God is "mighty to keep"... trust him. You can sing... "I KNOW on whom my faith is fixed, I know in whom I trust...