August 6 Commitment

 

No man stood with me, but all men forsook me.… Notwithstanding, the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me;… and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
(2 Timothy 4:16–17)

Listen to these words: “Until I am committed, there is a hesitancy, a chance to draw back. But the moment I definitely commit myself, then God moves also, and a whole stream of events begins. All manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings, people, and material assistance of which I never dreamed begin to move towards me—the moment I make that commitment.” Have you made the commitment yet?

If I could pick one word to describe commitment, I’d pick the word alone. Daniel dined and prayed alone. Elijah sacrificed and witnessed alone. Jeremiah prophesied and wept alone. Paul said, “All men forsook me … Notwithstanding, the Lord stood with me and strengthened me” (2 Timothy 4:16–17).

The place of commitment is the place where God intervenes on your behalf. When the three Hebrew children of God made their commitment, God brought them out of the fiery furnace without even the smell of smoke upon them. (You can’t even do that well in non-smoking sections these days!) King Nebuchadnezzar was so impressed that he said, “There is no other God who is able to deliver in this way” (Daniel 3:29, NASB). That’s what the world is waiting for—somebody who’ll put everything on the line, get into the fiery furnace, and let the world see God’s power.

 

Are you that person?[1]

 

[1] Gass, B. (1998). A Fresh Word For Today : 365 Insights For Daily Living (p. 218). Alachua, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.

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