For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
II Timothy 1:12
I have read this verse many times, and had always thought that the persuasion mentioned refers mostly to our salvation. When we come to know Christ by believing in Him, our persuasion comes from knowing that He is able to keep watch over that commitment until we get to heaven, because the Holy Spirit seals us. In keeping with the old hymn associated, I always thought this verse referred only to our assurance of salvation.
Keela, from Testimonies of His Goodness, got me to thinking about it differently, though. In a post last month, Real Talk – Commitment Brings Control, Keela discusses this verse from the angle of whether we are committing our problems into God’s care, fully persuaded He is able, thereby allowing Him to keep them.
I am a person who values commitment. I generally take my time before making one, because when I commit to something, I am all in. I want others to trust my word. When I commit, I commit.
If I am so good at committing, though, why does this not translate into my commitment to trust God fully with all of my problems? To having a persuasion that He will keep, by watching over, burdens that I give to Him. Why do I say that I commit things into His capable hands, if I am only going to turn around and take them back by worrying or trying to solve things on my own?
Yet committing, in the sense of trusting God, must be an all in matter, through a relinquishing of the burdens. If I take back my cares, I break my vow to trust.
God wants us all in when it comes to our commitment to trust Him. He wants us persuaded. Jesus is our model for commitment by being faithful to us. He is all in, and has nail-scarred hands to prove it.
I only thought that I was good at keeping my word with commitments; in fact, when it comes to fully entrusting my problems to the Lord, I waiver. My difficulty in doing so involves a problem I have with casting, and I will discuss this in my next post.