As you view the scene of darkness when the Lord Jesus Christ was on the cross, you hear Him cry, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” However, before He dies, Luke records His words, “Father into Your hands I commit my spirit.”
What a contrast! Of course, during the time in which He experienced God the Father as judge, judging the One who knew no sin but was made sin for us, He felt forsaken, but His strength to face the uncertainty of death was to commit or entrust His spirit to God. Peter gives us further insight into this entrustment, which took place even before the cross.
1 Peter 2:23 (ESV) — 23 When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.
This is how Jesus endured great suffering and exactly how we can endure faithfully – by committing our way to the Father, depending upon Him to sustain us and bring about the end that will glorify Him.
What uncertainties are you facing? Could you not do the same as the Lord Jesus Christ and commit or entrust it to God saying, “into your hands I commit _____” (whatever it is about which you are worrying or suffering.) It’s more than a mere name it and claim it, it’s turning over whatever to God and entrusting Him with the situation and the outcome. He is trustworthy, and we are encouraged, yes, even commanded throughout the Scriptures to commit or entrust it all to Him.
Psalm 37:3–5 (ESV) — 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.
Proverbs 16:3 (ESV) — 3 Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.
1 Peter 4:19 (ESV) — 19 Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.
As Jesus had perfect confidence committing His way to the Father, so we can have that same confidence committing our future, our marriage, our work, our finances, and our very lives to Him.
Ephesians 3:20–21 (ESV) — 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
As we think about committing it all to God, consider that which He has committed to us, even the Gospel.
2 Corinthians 5:19 (ESV) — 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
2 Timothy 1:12 (ESV) — 12 which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.
May we seek to be faithful to that which has been committed to us because He Who is faithful in fulfilling His commitments is expecting us to follow His lead. We will do so as we focus upon Him and depend upon Him – entrusting all to Him.
Luke 16:10–11 (ESV) — 10 One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?