The Fuel of Commitment

1 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: My soul thirsteth for thee, My flesh longeth for thee, In a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

Psalm 63:1

 In 1968, I bought a 1962 Ford Galaxy 500, maroon of course.  The car was typical for vehicles back then. They were simple to operate and simple to maintain. There was actually room under the hood to work.

In fact, all you really had to do was put fuel in the car, remember to keep the oil level up and change the oil often, tune the car up often (not like the cars today where a tune-up is maybe every 100,000 miles), and know where you were going.  If you did those four things, you were usually able to get to where you wanted to go.

We can look at our relationship with God, and our relationship with everyone else, in much the same way.  There are four things we need to do to develop and grow that relationship.

First, we need to have the fuel of commitment. To have that deepening relationship with God, we must be committed to God. That takes time and effort. It takes study and prayer. It also means that we must put our complete trust and faith in God. Then we can continue to walk in a growing commitment to God.

There are three things about commitment we need to realize. One, we must have a starting reference point; we must know where we are. In Psalm 63:1, David knew he was in the desert. There was no confusion in his mind as to where he was.  He wasn’t seeing any mirages with running water and palm trees. We can be in a spiritual desert some times and not know it. We assume everything is fine, and it really isn’t. In order to be committed to God, we must know where we are.

Two, we must know God as our resource. Also in Psalm 63:1, David acknowledges God as “my God.” He also knows God is there. We can never find a place away from God (Psalm 139:7-10). David knew God as his only hope and resource. To be committed to God, we must trust God to be our complete and only resource.

Three, we must be resolved to set our hearts on God. Also in Psalm 63:1, David says “early will I seek thee”. He is not referring to early in the morning, but he is stating that he is resolved to seek God as a priority in his life. Seeking God cannot be left to the waning days of our lives, but should be our first priority.

Next – the oil of communication.

© 2015 Charles A. Kalkomey – February 15, 2015