Sundown Devotional: Trust and Commitment

Updated on February 7, 2020
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MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

As the sun sets on the workweek, Sundown Devotional brings friends together, away from the stress of the workplace and the hustle and bustle in the streets. We relax, reminisce, reflect and share inspiration from our peaceful meditation on a short Scripture passage. In this session, we focus on our commitment to God. Christian or not, we will all be encouraged. Welcome!

Sundown Devotional (Photo by Ana Fernandes)
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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 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 | Source

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) | Source

Commitment Poll

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      • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

        Dora Weithers 

        3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Brenda, God gives the strength we need for the trials we face. His grace makes up for our shortcomings. Yes, we do well to trust Him.

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        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        4 weeks ago from Washington Court House

        Ms. Dora,

        This is a touching write going right to the core of if we are truly there for God.

        I want to think I am, but then again would I be willing to wait until the last minute for God to spare my child, as Abraham did with his son Isaac?

        That takes quite a bit of trust.

        Thanks for sharing.

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        Dora Weithers 

        6 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Devika. I'm happy that you enjoy the devotionals. That's encouraging.

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        Devika Primić 

        6 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        Sundown Devotional is a great idea for a hub and this one is one of my favorites

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        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Kari, you comment makes me happy. Thanks for your kind sentiments.

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        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Bill, there may be different kinds of fire. The song says that if we don't commit to something, we may fall for anything. I pray that no matter the kind of fire we face, we will all stand strong and maintain our commitment. God help us!

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        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Sean, thanks for your input. "Living a life of total commitment to God is . . . the best thing we can offer to others. We become a living example of the Path." Well said!

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        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Manatita. I flourish in your sweet encouragement. You're a blessing!

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        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Eric, so happy that you find this devotional useful. You make my day. Thanks!

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        Kari Poulsen 

        7 weeks ago from Ohio

        Dora, you have a real gift in story-telling. I always look forward to your Sundown Devotionals. I always feel better after I read them.

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        William Kovacic 

        7 weeks ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

        Hi, Dora. Commitment - that's a big word. I wonder how many people are really committed to their cause if they were faced with a furnace of fire. Good challenge and quotes.

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        Ioannis Arvanitis 

        7 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

        Another one magnificent Sundown Devotional! Thank you, my dear sister, Dora, for this beautiful and encouraging words you offer to us all! We stand at the same point. I just want to add something. Living a life of total commitment to God is not only the Path to happiness but at the same time is the best thing we can offer to others. We become a living example of the Path. God bless your luminous Heart!

        Blessings!

        Sean

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        manatita44 

        7 weeks ago from london

        The Christ was a Bhakta (Devotee of His Father, The Absolute. Your Hub is full of devotion, which to us, is the sweetest and quickest way of reaching the Divine. Kudos to you, Dee.

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        Eric Dierker 

        7 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        I put aside a devotional book for this morning after scripture and prayers. I was blessed to back here to my this my devotional reading to begin a new day. thanks much.

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        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Flourish, good to see you as always. That quote issues a challenge to full time commitment. We're either loyal or we're not.

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        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Ercille, we're striving for that same confidence the Hebrew boys had. Thanks for your contribution.

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        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Mary, your observation is true for many older individuals. We can avoid that lost feeling, when we build our relationship with God. Thanks for sharing.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        7 weeks ago from USA

        I was very interested in that part-time Christian quote. Very relevant.

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        Ercille Williams Caines 

        7 weeks ago

        The Hebrew boys had full confidence that God had their best interest at heart, so whatever he allowed was well with their soul.

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        Mary Wickison 

        7 weeks ago from Brazil

        I find the older I get, the more spiritual I'm becoming. I feel I need more grounding as I often feel lost.

        This was thought provoking. Thank you.

      • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        That's great, Whonu! We all need to be so confident!

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        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Bill, it says much about you and your marriage that commitment makes you think of Bev and God side by side. Thanks for sharing.

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        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Liz, Corrie Ten Boom is a legend in commitment. Thanks for your contribution.

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        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Eric, those Hebrew boys were truly committed. We may never get perfection by striving, but striving gives access to His grace, and His grace is sufficient.

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        whonunuwho 

        7 weeks ago from United States

        That's a YES my friend. Many blessings to all. whonu

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        Bill Holland 

        7 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        I saw the title and I immediately thought of Bev. She is the first woman I totally trust and am 100% committed to. As for God, I completely trust and am totally committed to Love!

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        Liz Westwood 

        7 weeks ago from UK

        Thanks for challenging us again to question where we stand in terms of commitment. I especially like the Corrie Ten Boon quote. Knowing her background and what she endured adds even more weight to it.

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        Eric Dierker 

        7 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        A great way of life. Some say strive for progress not perfection. But I wonder if we are striving to always be with God isn't that some kind of perfection in itself. Isn't Shadrach just the greatest!

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        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Pam, we all fall short. I also love Max Lucado's writing because he doesn't let us forget that God's grace is available to make up for our failures.

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        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Jodah. True, the Book of Daniel tells many interesting stories of commitment. Good story-telling too!

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        7 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        This is another thought-provoking devotional. I strive to honor God at all times but I know I fall short sometimes.

        Daniel's story in the Bible is such a great example of a God fearing man that does not fall short. I like all the quotes you used as well, especially the one by Max Lucado. Thanks for a good devotional times, Ms Dora.

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        John Hansen 

        7 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        A wonderful devotional MsDora. Daniel is one of my favourite stories/books in the Old Testament. Excellent quotes too.

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