How to Commit Our Souls to God’s Care
My Word for 2018 will be entrust. I love the idea Peter puts forth in I Peter about entrusting.
1 Peter 4:19 in the ESV says: Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.
The word “entrust” is the Greek word, Paratithēmi which means: “entrust” “commit the keeping” “to set before”
The context of I Peter is one of suffering. The readers of this letter would have been experiencing such extreme hardship through persecution. We too suffer for Christ, sometimes while doing good. Jesus is our example. At the cross, in Luke 23:46, Jesus’ last words on the cross were to tell the Father He would “entrust” His soul to His care.
My soul isn’t my first thought when I wake up each morning. In fact, I think my first thought has something to do with this black liquid and lots of creamer. Maybe my first thoughts are: O God, help me today to do all that needs to be done.
I’m all about living in the daily. Living in the present, but eternity can’t be far from my mind. It is a balancing act to keep thinking of heaven, how God’s house is my true dwelling place, and the holy temple is where I will send my eternity worshiping God. But God is a God of time. And 24 hours in a day. A time when God is working. Today. A very present help. Right now. In this moment. In this place.
So balancing it can be entrusting my soul to the Father. My soul. The part of me that will live forever. Entrust it. Embrace the belief that God has this moment (and all of my moments) in the palm of His hadn’t.
Oh God, of my heart, let me trust even my soul and my everyday into your hands.
Entrust: commit for care.
I keep my heart together and to myself, but when I let go and let God into the prison inside. When I break down the walls and let His lights in, I can commit my soul into His care. I can turn it over and place it in His hands. My soul, my years, my moments and all of the inbetween will be safe in His hands.
How? How do I commit for care my very soul, the very part that is me.
He is my…..
How? What do I do to show I’m committing my care, I’m entrusting my life to Him?
I will remember…
The suffering comes.
Stay close to community.
Christ suffered too.
Truth will keep the lights on when I entrust my soul. And the light I let shine in my heart is God’s very word. “Your words is a light…” Psalm 119:105
O God, let my heart be still in knowing I can entrust my world, my family, my friendships, my children, my husband, my work, my words, and my very life to YOU.
My calling is not to live in isolation, but in community. I am seeing the signs, and I want to invite you with me. I don’t know what it will be like. I can’t tell you what all we will do, or say, – all I know is I need a group of women who will stand with me and hang onto truth when life gets hard. I need a community to keep God’s Word a priority in our lives. I need accountability. I need encouragement. I need prayer.
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