Commitment

Commitments in life are deciding steps we take to endorse a relationship, a job or school, or an activity or goal. Commitments take many forms and require varied amounts of effort. But a true commitment takes our focus, time, and energy. There may be set backs or detours to overcome in the course of a commitment. God has shown his commitment to each one of us over and over. God speaks to us of his commitment to us through Isaiah 43:9-11: “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.” (NIV)

My husband and I will celebrate 27 years of marriage, tomorrow. We are blessed to have received God’s commitment and blessings upon our marriage and have maintained a relationship of love, respect, trust, and communication with one another. We have intentionally made our marriage commitment a priority in our own lives.

Students are often finding they need to be making a greater commitment to studies this time of year. Making the grade becomes steeper as the semester continues. Carving out the appropriate time commitments to studying, having time for God, and time for friends and activities can really be a challenge. And yet the rewards are great for the achievers.

Our commitment to God should be one of respect and love but also one of reverence and regular prayer. God is committed to us and answers our prayers, although not always on the same time line we think they should be answered, nor with the same answer that we are seeking. The closer our commitment to God, the more opportunity we have to fully reflect on God’s commitment to ourselves and to others.

Proverbs 16:3 (NIV) “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”

Dear God, thank you for your unending love and caring you provide to us, despite all the things we do that certainly aren’t deserving of your continued nurturing. Help us remember that prayer takes time and prayers are answered on your time schedule, not ours. We ask for your continued blessings upon us and we lift up to you those in need of their particular needs. We also pray that our politicians will put the needs of the country first and work together to get our country up and running successfully. Thanks be to you and your commitment to us! Amen

Wendy Saathoff

 

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