Psalm 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass
What is in a commitment? Is it just an intellectual assent or some emotional moment that brings about this commitment? If the commitment is real won't our lives be changed in that moment and changed thereafter?
When Jackie and I were married everything changed. From that moment of committal in front of family, friends and God we were changed and have been changed thereafter. Our lives have never returned back to where they were before that commitment nor could they at this point...two have become one. It is that same picture with the Lord...we are the Bride of Christ. Once that commitment is made your life will nor can it ever be the same. Why do so many struggle with this commitment...maybe because they have only approached the altar of the Lord but have never actually went through with the marriage. I like what James McConkey has to say about this verse.
Not only are we to commit our life to God, but also to let Him have His way with it. With the committal of all things should go submission in all things. When we yield our lives we yield our plans concerning those lives, and accept God's dealings with them. Not only "commit your way unto the Lord," but "trust also in Him." Not only take your hands off but let Him put His hands on just as He may see fit. Many of us err here. We commit the clay into the potter's hand, but we will not stay under that hand. We commit the marble to the divine sculptor, but we do not relish His use of the chisel. We commit our ship to the broad ocean of His will and purpose, but we do not like His grasp upon the helm. Wherefore when the potter begins to mold with pressure that is painful to us, the sculptor to smite and chisel until it hurts, or the helmsman to steer into the teeth of storm, gloom, and tempest that chill our hearts with fear, we would fain shrink from the pressure, the blow, the unknown path which we had not included in our plan for life.