When trouble comes, remember what God has done because He will continue to be there for you. We change, but God does not change.
Trust is a difficult concept for many. After all, others fail us. Our expectations are not met. We don’t seem to believe we measure up to God’s standards. So, it’s easier to put up walls that appear to guard and protect us. In reality, these walls keep us from seeing things the way God sees, which is the truth. We can also become so consumed by the problem before us, that we miss out on God’s blessing in our lives.
Let’s begin by examining a word we often use, but take the meaning for granted – commit.
The word commit is defined: (1) to put in trust or charge; entrust, (2) to carry into action deliberately (purposeful), and (3) to pledge (state of being given) or engage oneself.
Now, the Hebrew word for commit is ‘Galal’ which literally means to “Roll” – as though getting rid of a burden. When we roll an object on a smooth surface, it will roll away and the only way it comes back is if it is retrieved – if we walk to it and pick it up.
We see the word commit used in Joshua 5:9, “Then the LORD said to Joshua, ‘Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.’ So the place has been called Gilgal to this day.” Gilgal sounds like the Hebrew word to roll (Galal). In Hebrew, lg gal signifies to roll; and the doubling of the root, lglg galgal or Gilgal, signifies rolling round and round, or rolling off or away.
Why do I bother with this information? During Joshua’s time, the Israelites left Egypt, all the males were circumcised, but after wandering in the wilderness for 40 yrs, the new generation, who would enter the Promised Land, had not been circumcised. This was a problem as they were about to celebrate the Passover, which required all males to be circumcised; for without this they could not be considered within the covenant, and could not keep the Passover (the seal of that covenant). From this time Gilgal became a place of considerable importance in the sacred history of the Israelites. Here is why:
- They camped and rested the first night of their entering into the Promised Land.
- Joshua circumcised all the people who had been born in the wilderness.
- It was the place in which Joshua had his fortified camp, and to which he and his army constantly returned after each of their expeditions against the inhabitants of the land.
- It appears to have been the place where all the women, children, cattle, and goods, etc., were lodged, probably during the whole of the Canaanite war.
- They celebrated the first Passover they kept in the Promised Land.
- There the manna ceased to fall.
- There the ark was fixed till, after the conquest of the country, it was removed to Shiloh.
This place, Gilgal, was a very important and significant place. To me, it signifies a Turning Point in the lives of the new Israelite generation. Today, I want to invite you to “Roll” your life to God – trust him with your present and future. Let’s see how we can do that…
1. Commit Your Way – Psalm 37:5-6 (NASB)
“Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light And your judgment as the noonday.” (my emphasis)
Commit Your Way: What does “your way” mean? The travel or course of our life – Our ACTIONS! It’s also our way of being or character – Our BEHAVIORS and INTENTIONS!
Trust in Him – How can we trust? We can begin to trust when we know God’s character. Get to know who He is, what He has done. It makes it easier to trust in someone you know and have a relationship with.
Take the Promise – He will do it. Do what? He will make sure that your righteousness will be known. He will bring the truth to light. No need to defend yourself – he is Judge!
Remember – When we are going through tough times, it helps to remember what God has done for us in the past and keep it in our heart and mind. When trouble comes, remember what God has done because He will continue to be there for you. We change, but God does not change. You are entrusting your life to a God who is all powerful, all knowing. He knows you more than anyone else, even yourself. He knows what is best for you. He tells you, “No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.” Joshua 1:5 (NLT)
This psalm encourages us to “roll” our WAY – how we conduct our lives and the concerns we have for what happens in our lives upon the Lord.
2. Commit Your Works – Proverbs 16:3 (NASB)
“Commit your works to the LORD and your plans will be established.” (my emphasis)
Commit Your Works – Here, the way or course of our lives is not the focus. Instead, it’s the deeds that we do. Works: activities in which we exert energy, performance, what we produce!
When we commit or “roll” our works to the Lord, we are acknowledging that our ways (intentions) are not the best, but that His are. So, it’s saying to God that He knows what’s best – that we leave the outcome of our labor to Him. When we do this, we are trusting that our efforts to produce in this life, whether others appreciate it or even notice at all, are pleasing to Him.
Please God – See, it’s not about what others think – it’s about what is pleasing to God. We can get so caught up in what others are going to say, that we end up not doing anything at all. When we please God, our plans will succeed! When we include God in our plans, we can be confident and have peace of mind that God is with us. See, God tells us “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” Jeremiah 29:11
This psalm encourages us to “roll” our WORKS – how we produce in our daily lives for God’s pleasure upon the Lord with assurance that we will succeed.
3. Commit Yourself Wholly – Psalm 22:8 (NASB)
“Commit yourself to the LORD; let Him deliver him; Let Him rescue him, because He delights in him.”
Commit Yourself Entirely: Don’t give God only parts of you – Give God your all! Meaning all of your entire mind, body and spirit! Nobody else can help you commit or “roll” your entire life to God.
Realize You Need God – Without God, nothing has meaning. Our greatest example of a meaningful life and death is Jesus. Matthew 27:43 says, “HE TRUSTS IN GOD; LET GOD RESCUE Him now, IF HE DELIGHTS IN HIM; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” These words were uttered at Jesus as he was being crucified. They knew that Jesus TRUSTED in God. It was evident in the way Jesus lived and by his actions as he was beaten and despised. Do you trust God with your entire life? Jesus committed all his ways, his works and his entire life to His Father! God was faithful to Jesus – He will do the same for you.
This psalm encourages us to “roll” ourselves WHOLLY – giving of ourselves entirely to God who delights in our trust in Him.
Rest in His Word: Psalm 25:4-5
“Lord, tell me your ways. Show me how to live. Guide me in your truth, and teach me, my God, my Savior. I trust you all day long.” (NCV)
- What are in my life can I begin to commit (roll) to God?
- Have I trusted God with my ways, works and myself? If not, what steps can I take today to begin the process of trust?