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Sundown Devotional: Trust and Commitment

MsDora, a former teacher and Christian counselor, presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

Sundown Devotional (Photo by Ana Fernandes)

Sundown Devotional (Photo by Ana Fernandes)

The Devotional

Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying . . . “Is it true . . . that you do not serve my gods or worship the gold image which I have set up? ―Daniel 3: 14 (NKJV)

Three young men, committed to obeying God, were called by King Nebuchadnezzar to defend their conviction. How would we answer if we ever face that challenge?

  • Is it true that we intentionally refuse to bow before ungodly forces? Or, do we fake our commitment by bowing half way down?
  • Can we respond with a bold “Yes” that we are wholly committed to God―no matter the consequences?

The young men not only pleaded guilty; they also refused a second chance to please the idolatrous king (Daniel 3:15). What made them maintain their loyalty, even though threatened with death by fire? What can make us not compromise our commitment even though friends and relatives ridicule us, even though callous folk take advantage of our humility and kindness? We can stand firm if we have complete trust in the God to whom we are committed.

We can trust Him to show up in trying consequences like He showed up to take the heat for the young men in the fire (Daniel 3: 25); like He showed up to save Miriam’s baby brother from his prenatal death sentence (Exodus 2:1-10); like He showed up to defend Mary from her critics (Mark 14:1-9); like He showed up to rescue Paul and Silas from prison (Acts 16: 25-34). He shows up because He loves us and honors our commitment. “For those who honor me," He says, "I will honor” (1 Samuel 2:30 NKJV).

So, are we willing to demonstrate our obedience to God in every aspect of our daily walk? Is it true that we are fully committed to Him? We fool ourselves if we say we are, when we’re not. And if we’re not, are we willing to be? He can make it happen (Philippians 2:13); and who better deserves our allegiance?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we love you and want to be fully committed to you. We pray with thanksgiving that You will lead us into commitment and show us how to demonstrate our commitment in the lives we lead. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Ask God to use you up. (Photo by Aaron Burden

Ask God to use you up. (Photo by Aaron Burden

Ten Quotes on Commitment to God

  1. “A life totally committed to God has nothing to fear, nothing to lose, nothing to regret.” ―Pandita Ramabai
  2. “A man whose heart is stayed upon God is just the same in the hour of his most afflicting trials and most discouraging surroundings as when he was in prosperity." ―Ellen G. White.
  3. “We cannot be part-time Christians! We should seek to live our faith at every moment of every day.” ―Pope Francis
  4. “When we learn to truly follow Jesus, we find that obedience to God comes from the inside out. Submission to what God wants for our lives flows naturally out of that relationship.” ―Kyle Idleman
  5. “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” ―Corrie Ten Boom
  6. “Don't just ask God to use you; ask Him to use you up. Then pray more than you've ever prayed before to be able to keep that commitment!” ―Katie Brazelton
  7. “I want you to remember that in life you will encounter some very tough times, but you can find your strength in God. . . He loves you with an everlasting love, and through obedience to Him all commitments will endure.” ―Krickett Carpenter
  8. “In our world, where hundreds of things distract us from God, we have to intentionally and consistently remind ourselves of Him.” ―Francis Chan
  9. “How then can we deal with our tendency toward worldliness? It is *not* by determining that we will not be worldly, but by committing ourselves to becoming more godly.” ―Jerry Bridges
  10. “Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek his grace.” ―Max Lucado
Remind ourselves of God. (Photo by Elektroll)

Remind ourselves of God. (Photo by Elektroll)

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