Cross Words #6 & 7

John 19:30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Luke 23:46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.
At the end Jesus committed His Spirit to the hands of the Lord.  I have found there are times when I have come to the end – the end of my ideas, my own resources, my plans, the end of myself.  At those times, when all I can do is give up or commit it to the Lord, I have discovered God is faithful with the things I commit to Him.

How much better it would be for me if I would commit it to Him before I get to the end of myself.  An old song says it best:
Oh what peace we often forfeit, Oh what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry, everything to God in prayer.*

In His hopeless and helpless situation Jesus committed His Spirit to the Father and God raised Him from the dead.  When we commit things to God we can trust He will take good care of the things that belong to Him.  As long as we retain ownership they remain our problem and responsibility.

Commit that problem, fear, concern, need, weakness, whatever it is, to Him right now.  It only takes a second to give Him ownership of it all.
Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

* What a Friend We Have in JesusText: Joseph M. Scriven, 1820-1886   Music: Charles C. Converse, 1832-1918


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