The original Hebrew word for “commit” is galal. It means “to roll, roll down, roll away, remove”. So we are to “roll our ways” – our burdens, concerns and works – off of ourselves and into God’s care, trusting in Him (see also Proverbs 16:3). Just as a camel, burdened with a heavy load, will kneel down, tilt to one side and allow the load to roll off – so are we to kneel in prayer and “roll” our burdens into God’s care. Jesus affirmed this when He spoke, “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matt 11:30).
When we try to carry our own burdens, we will be weighed down, discouraged and worn out. But when we give them to the Lord each day, and trust that He will work out His good purposes, we can have His peace and rest throughout our day (Phil 4:6,7).
Come before the Lord in prayer each day and tell Him what you are concerned about. Describe your day to Him point by point – people, places, events, decisions, etc. Then rest in His great ability to answer your requests in His timing and His way.
Some of our days may not end up the way we expected. It is encouraging to remember that God is never caught off guard by the “unexpected” events that may come our way.
Our plans and purposes may fail, but never His. Nothing will ever be a total waste or loss if we give our life and day to the Lord every morning, and obey Him throughout the day.
You may have days when you miss your devotional time with God. You may be so eager to get busy doing work for the Lord that you don’t take the time to wait upon the Lord of the work.
When you prepare in prayer, you will have real spiritual strength for the day. To have ordered the day before God allows you to trust that He will wisely guide you through the unexpected problems that arise. It makes a great difference in the day – a very great difference!
It is never too late to pray, but offering your day to the Lord in the morning may spare you needless anxiety or problems. “Commit” your day to the Lord from the start – then “rest” in Him!
B. SHOW CHILDLIKE NEED
“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil” (Prov 3:6,7).
As a child needs a father, so we need God. We are totally dependent upon Him. We need Him very much every day.
To be “wise in your own eyes” means to be proud and arrogant; to feel overly confident in ourselves and our own abilities; to think that we can do things without God’s help. Our human nature wants independence. We may think we do not need to turn to God, except perhaps in times of crisis.