Monday, March 23, 2020

Understanding Commitment

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Habakkuk 3:17-18 (NET) When the fig tree does not bud, and there are no grapes on the vines; when the olive trees do not produce, and the fields yield no crops; when the sheep disappear from the pen, and there are no cattle in the stalls, I will rejoice because of the Lord; I will be happy because of the God who delivers me.

Words can be used to communicate a lot of things. Faith, love, compassion among others. One other thing words can communicate is commitment. Commitment, akin to faithfulness, describes a man’s unchanging and unwavering devotion to a person or cause regardless of changing circumstances.

Faithfulness is an esteemed virtue in God’s Kingdom. In Galatians 5:22, the Bible mentions it in the fruit of the spirit, and likewise 1 Corinthians 4:2 reads “Moreover, it is required in stewards that a man be found faithful”. Commitment to God is our resolute dedication to him (his cause, his word, and his person) even in the face of adversity.

Faith, when present in the heart, overflows through the lips, likewise, commitment is also often expressed in words. Sometimes, declarations of commitment have been mistaken for speaking unbelief and doubt but far from it. When a declaration of commitment is made, what is being said is not “I declare that things will get bad” but rather it is saying, “no matter what comes, it will not change my commitment to God”.

Remember the three Hebrew boys in the book of Daniel, this is what they said, “If it happens, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace; he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up” (Dan 3:17-18 WEB). This is not a declaration of doubt, it is saying even if the worst were to happen, we will still be faithful to our God. This is how committed we are to Him.

The Bible teaches to rejoice always and, in all things, to give thanks. So, in the words of Habakkuk, even if the fig tree does not bud, the faithful man will still rejoice in and because of the Lord.

Go into today resolved that come what may, you will be committed to God and will not be put to shame.

Prayer: Lord, help me to be faithful. Deliver me from any form of unbelief. Amen.
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