Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass
Summary of the past week’s lessons
In the last few weeks, We have discussed four things that we should do when we face difficulties, trials and severe valley experiences in our life. You can refer the last few weeks continuous studies to get more detailed information. The five points were – trust in the character of God, do good, dwell in the land of God’s promise and delight in the Lord and feed on His faithfulness and delight in the Lord. We have studied last week that delighting in the Lord when you are in the middle of painful and heartbreaking incidents is an act of will and not based on our emotions or feelings. Also, we have seen that delighting in the Lord is a learned and practiced behavior. Refer last week’s weekly Bible insights for more details about this. When we delight in the Lord in the midst of our painful circumstances, there is a promise God gave in the verse and that is this – God shall give you the desires of your heart. You see all the above four points are related. First, you trust the character of God, then start doing good to others, dwell in his presences and feed on His faithfulness that you enjoyed in the past and currently enjoying from Him and delight in the Lord, do you know what is the result? “He (God) shall give you the desires of your heart.” As you do all the four things above in your valley experience, the desire of your heart becomes what God put it there. Amazing right? Your desires become His desires and your desire in your heart is there because God put it there in your heart. Think about this -Wonderful! right?
Now we will discuss the fifth point we should remember in our valleys.
The fifth point: Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.
You see the progression, As you delight in the Lord in your difficulties- by spending more time in the presence of the Lord in studying His Word (Bible) and praying, seeking and talking to Him, He put desires in your heart. Those desires there are what God put it there. Your desire and God’s will goes hand in hand at this point. Your desire is according to God’s word and His will and plans.
Then the next step is to commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, He shall bring it to pass.
Number one – Commit your way to the Lord.
Commit the desires that God put in your heart to God, commit your way to accomplish your desires and God’s will in your life to Him, commit your future, your relationships, your vision to the Lord.
You have already God placed desires in your hear at this point after the fourth point. Now your commit your way to the Lord, when you commit your desires that God placed in your heart and the way to the Lord, what is the promise here? Did you notice? “He shall bring it to pass”. In other words, God will bring your God approved desires and your way or plan to accomplish those desires to pass or fulfillment. God will do it.
You see through your severe valley and heartbreaking painful experiences, you became more strong in your faith by trusting on the character of God, doing good to others, dwelling in His promises, feeding on His faithfulness, delighting in God. Now, as result of all the above, God placed certain desires in your heart and those desires are there because God put it there. Now you are committing your desires and way to get there or achieve it to the Lord.
Number two – By the way, trust again in Him at this point.
Your trust and leaning on the Lord are going to play a major part again here at this time. As you commit your way to the Lord, keep on trusting Him. Not in your ability, power. Remember, not even trust other people. You see your best friend or family member won’t have any clue of the conviction and direction that the Lord put in your heart. Therefore, do not trust on others but trust on the one who gave you the desire and commit your way to get there to the Lord. Fully lean and trust in God.
There is a beautiful verse in Proverbs. Bible says in Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.”
As you trust in Him, He shall direct your paths. This is a beautiful passage God taught me early in my life. Vividly God spoke these verses to my heart when I landed in the USA for the first time. I was sitting alone in my hotel room in New York City for a connection flight and God impressed this truth in my heart. You will face severe valley experiences here. But trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, acknowledge Him and beautiful promise- He shall direct your paths. Praise God for His wonderful promises in the Bible.
Now when you commit your desire that God put it in your heart to the Lord and continued trust in Him, there is a promise.
Number three: The promise is He will bring ‘it’ to pass.
What is the ‘it’? God will bring His purpose and plan for your life to fulfillment. “It” means God’s purpose and plans for your life which He placed in your heart in the midst of your severe valley experiences. He will bring ‘it’ to fulfillment.
You see, Valley is a time that you can make the best profit out of it. There you will learn things that you will never learn otherwise. You are face to face with God and valley allows you correct your pitfalls and errors. You will be able to change your habits and routines there in the valley if you allow God to work in you per the above guidelines that are given in these verses that we discussed in the last few weeks.
You can come out of your valley with more strong faith and confidence in the Lord. Like David said, God will prepare a table in front of the eyes of your enemies after your valleys. When you come out of your valley, you will be fully equipped for higher grounds of faith and ministry for the kingdom of God. You will be pruned and sharpened by the hands of the almighty God. You know why are on your higher grounds after your severe trials and valleys? This is the reason. Jesus said to Simon, “But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” Simon the Peter faced severe valley experiences of doubt and failure. But when he has turned back, he was sharpened by God to strengthen his brothers – strengthen those who are in weak in faith in their severe valley experiences.
God needs you to encourage your brothers who need your help and encouragement. Only you can encourage certain people because your valley experiences were tailored by the big and best tailor of the heaven for that unique purpose.
You will encourage your brothers. Think about it! You will be another Peter in God’s kingdom.