God Acts

As I read the Bible while enjoying some coffee this morning two thoughts stood out to me, one of which I would like to share. Psalm 37:3-5 the italics I added.

3 Trust in the LORD, and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him, and he will act.

The 3 words stood out to me, Trust, Delight and Commit. The main thought that I want to focus on is in verse 5. “Commit your way to the LORD, trust him and he will act.”

This week at CRU I spoke on Daniel 2. Daniel did 3 things. One he took a step of faith and made and appointment with the King. Two he gathered his friends and prayed. God acted in response by revealing to Daniel the King’s dream and the interpretation of the dream. Thirdly Daniel praised God privately, and publicly. My favorite part of the passage was when Daniel praised God publicly, “27Daniel answered the king and said, “No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked, 28but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries,”

Daniel took a step of faith. Daniel gathered his friends and prayed. God acted. I want to see God act. Most of you want to see God act. Psalm 37:5 says if we commit our way to the Lord God will act. I have 2 questions. How will God act when he does? How do we commit our ways to him?

Reflecting on what God did for us on the cross points to the answer for both of these questions. God gave his one and only Son to connect with us. Jesus gave his life for us that we might be able to connect with his Father. That was God’s ultimate act. So how will he act when he does act? He will act in a way that brings glory to Himself and is for our good, bringing us closer to Him. How do we then commit our ways to Him? Jesus is our ultimate example of how to commit our ways to God. Jesus was obedient to his Father to the point of death, because he loved us and wanted us to know His Father. If we commit our ways to God I think it will look something like what Jesus did. If we give our lives so that others know God and move closer to Him and in a way that gives glory to God, I think God will want to act for us as he acted for Daniel.

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About Dan Butz

I work with Cru in Leadership Development.
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