Commit your way to the Lord; trust in God, and God will act. — Psalms 37:5
“Commit your way to the Lord.” What simple words! What hard action!
I meditated on these words as I took my daily walk around the neighborhood. A sudden prayer came to my head: “Lord, here are my dreams, I commit them to your care.” I heard an instant reply: “Here is my will, I commit it to your care.” I can’t express the instant rush of peace and absolute fear I felt simultaneously in that moment!
God spoke and I realized that no matter what God’s will for my life is, I will be protected. There will be enough money, enough friends, enough love, and enough energy to do whatever God requires of me. But what a frightening thought! To know that as long as I center myself in God’s perfect will, my needs will not go unmet. Sure, they’ll still be things I want — there will always be more that I desire — but I will not go without anything I need. If I trust in God, God will act.
Please don’t misunderstand my message. I’ve heard so often the platitudes from both liberal and fundamentalist Christians that if we believe rightly, then we’re in God’s will. There’s a whole list of things one must believe to be considered a Christian living in God’s will by this measure. You must believe in the virgin birth, the bodily resurrection, the Trinity, that Jesus was both fully God and fully human. Believe all these things, they tell you, and God will provide. That’s not what I’m telling you at all.
Being in God’s will is hard work, and it has nothing to do with believing in the doctrine or dogma of the church. I have the distinct feeling that God doesn’t care very much if I read my Bible every day or believe in the virgin birth or engage in heated debates over whether Jesus was fully human or fully God. What God cares about is that I commit my way to him at every second of the day.
God calls us to live mindfully within God’s will. We must intentionally be with God at every moment and become fully aware of God’s presence in our lives. That’s how we discern God’s will. It’s not about believing in things about God, it’s feeling God’s presence around us at all times. It’s about being committed to doing God’s will, even when we’re tired, depressed and feeling like doing anything but. That’s difficult … but it’s what we’re called to do.
“Step back in faith,” the Course in Miracles tells us in Lesson 155, “and let truth lead the way. You know not where you go. But the One Who knows goes with you. Let Him lead you with the rest […] Your feet are safely set upon the road that leads the world to God.”
The Course’s message is the same as the psalmist’s: “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in God, and God will act.”
For those of us who like to feel in control of our own lives and destiny, it can be frightening to “step back in faith,” and let God lead, but this is our calling. It’s huge to let go of our ego’s desires and look instead to the path God would have us walk as our true selves in the world, oh, but what blessings we will receive, and what blessings we will be when we do.
“I will step back and let Him lead the way,” the Course affirmation for the day reads. “For I would walk along the road to Him.”
Come, let us walk the path together.