“I entrust my spirit into your hand.” 31:8
My Bible commentary notes that Jesus used this phrase when he was dying on the cross. Stephen also repeated these words in Acts 7:59 as he was being stoned to death. Can you imagine that? Facing a torturous death and still having the faith to say “God, I completely trust you”?
I always catch myself trying to break off pieces of myself to give to God, while tucking others behind my back. I trust him to provide resources and finances for my family, but I close my fists over my physical safety, in an effort to have control over it.
When God asks us to commit to him, he is asking for our whole selves. Our possessions, our families, our careers, our desires, everything!
What are you struggling to entrust to God? Or, what are you most afraid of losing?
What’s beautiful about the gospel is that we don’t have to solve those heart issues on our own before we come to God. He wants us to bring those things to him and work through them alongside you. You don’t have to hide away or grow distant from him.
I love how David ends chapter 31:
“So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord!”
Following God is empowering. Coming to him, admitting your struggles and requesting his help isn’t a sign of weakness or failure. It’s the mark of humility; an attribute Jesus clothed himself in. Life is one big monumental struggle with pride. What does that battle look like for you right now?