I was having one of those moments when you are reading your Bible without really reading it. It’s one of those times you are only looking for encouragement, and either you open your Bible to a random verse (hoping to get some insight from the Holy Spirit) or search on Google for some citations. I didn’t need to read Jeremiah 29:11 because I knew from memory. Besides, I was looking for something else. So I came upon Psalm 37:5.
Commit your way to the LORD, trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. (NIV)
I got stuck in the first six words. Commit your way to the Lord. Usually I see the word commit to mean do. Interestingly, it’s more often than not, something bad. You commit a crime, for example. I’ve never heard something like, “I committed a kind act” (whatever that is). The other meaning to the word commit I know is used to describe a responsibility. I commit to do something.
In this verse, however, commit is used as an imperative, and although I do not know the meaning in this case I know what to do. But I wanted to know what it means, so I looked it up and found out it also means entrust. Entrust your way to the Lord. I think that works.
Entrust might give the verse another meaning, at least for me. Many times I hear people “committing” their plans to God. But all that means, and has meant for me for quite some time, is that you pray to God so He can bless your plans. I tell God, “These are my plans. They are good. If things go this way, I’ll be so happy. It’s okay if some things don’t go as planned. It will still be fine. Please bless my efforts and help me achieve these goals.”
The more I though about it, the more I saw what was wrong. I did let God have a say in my plans, but not too much. See, I have my plans and I want God to bless them. So, I ask Him. But that is not the way I feel it should be. What if my goals are not God’s goals for my life? Remember Jeremiah 29:11? He knows the plans He has for us. Committing our way goes beyond praying for blessing.
We should entrust our way to Him. Then, He will bless us. We should go beyond just praying for our plans, we should entrust our lives to Him. He will shape our lives while we delight in Him.
We must allow him to take the position of Planner. He knows what our hearts desire better than we do. We know how we want to feel. He knows the way, and He will guide us. “He will make [our] righteous reward shine like the dawn, [our] vindication like the noonday sun.”