Biblical Nitro Pills, Part 3
Presented by Pastor Melissa Scott.
#3 Commit Thy Way
Verse 5: "Commit thy way." Now, my husband taught on this, but I've got something to add. Yes, this word is used out of the camel train language of one who rolls off their burden onto the camel. The camel, (beast of burden or whatever it is) takes up that burden and goes away with it. But in my picture universe, that word embodies: "to roll away" in a different sense. Picture the stone of the tomb of Jesus Christ. Jesus did not roll away the stone, He went through the stone. But it was rolled away to reveal for us that which was no longer there. And the picture from this Psalm, "Commit thy way" -- roll away whatever it is burdening you -- is for Him then to reveal that which I cannot yet behold. It is by faith that I roll something. In this case I'm going to roll it onto Him. At the same time, He enables me to see (once I roll it onto Him) the picture of resurrection. In my troubles, in my fretting, in my disaster, in my mess, He enables me to see what's on the other side of the empty tomb. There is something more than just my circumstance that blockades me in.
I'm not wanting to reach a multitude with this message, just one person. I'm sure there'll be one person in the sound of my voice who feels imprisoned by their circumstance, that there's no light at the end of the tunnel. You are trapped in whatever mess you're in and it seems you cannot get out. This Psalm is for you because whatever you're going through, "Cast your cares upon Him, for He careth for you." Your circumstance matters to Him. Then a second time we're told, "Trust also in Him," (the King James reads) "and He shall bring it to pass." Literally, "The Lord worketh." It means the minute that I commit, the minute I say, "Lord, take my problem," He goes to work.
Now, it took me years to make my mess, yet I'd like God to do the Rubik's Cube solution on it in three seconds. Take whatever I've messed up so badly, Lord, and fix it! Now! I don't want to wait! But this verse of scripture tells me what to do: "Rest in the LORD." After I've committed it to Him, I am to "Rest in the LORD."
I take pleasure in telling this because I'm guilty. I got on a plane this week and of course I prayed before I got on, but I didn't think, "I won't make it." I committed my way to those pilots flying me. Strange how I can commit my way to two pilots I don't even know easier than I can commit my way to God. I don't know who's flying the plane, but it's okay. I know we're going to get there. But, with God I just can't seem to let go of my problem because maybe He won't hear me. Maybe He won't see my problem. Maybe... Maybe I ought to stop where I am and do what the scripture says to do: Commit, roll it off on Him. Here, this is my load, I'm giving it to you, Lord. Take it. I'm not carrying it around anymore.
I'm told to "Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him." Okay. I just cast all my cares onto Him. "Okay, God, it's been five minutes. I'm waiting. You done yet?" It ought to be quick, right? No! the Psalm says to "wait enduringly." It means I may be waiting a long time. To "wait patiently," is the English word, but the word is ENDURINGLY. Just like the way the word "patience" in Romans 5 is badly translated in the English -- it should be "endurance." So I am to endure waiting on God. Well that's a great plan. I wish it would be quicker, but looking back on my mess, I didn't create it overnight.
I'm told to fret not. Why? Because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. I'm told to "Cease from anger, forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil." I'm told three times to wait on the Lord. God does enter into all things to work His good. I just need to do what the scripture says, "Wait upon the LORD."
Now all of these verses are going to talk about the wicked and those who seek to hurt God's people -- and let me just say this parenthetically -- those that come against God's people (whether His people be those that face persecution, those that are falsely accused or even those that are rightly accused of the things they've done) God's going to take care of those that come against His people. Because they don't just come against you or me, they come against Him. "The wicked plotteth against the just," and we go on and see how "the wicked has drawn out the sword, they've bent their bow, to cast down the poor (literally - "persecuted") for no reason." But verse 18 says: "The LORD knoweth the days of the upright." He knows my heartbreak. He knows my pain. He knows my desire. I earnestly want to see, like David saw it: Lord, the battle belongs to You. You're going to fight my battle, so I don't want to stand in the way. The flipside is, we can try and go up and win the battle for Him, just in case. But that's not the way it's to happen. God's going to take care of those enemies around us.
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