It was my intention to start today’s post by saying that Psalm 37 is one of my favorite landing places in the bible. I didn’t because I have so many that are my “favorites” that this no longer is an adequate descriptor. Maybe I should say Psalm 37 is one of my favorite, favorite of all, but that sounds dumb. Let just say that if you need to roll around in the promises of God, this is a good place to mark a page in your bible. Here’s my new “favorite” verse:
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. Psalm 37:5 ESV
Why this verse? I’m on a new approach in mortifying my besetting sin of gluttony. As I’ve shared lately, I’ve become convinced that Colossians 2:20-23 teaches me that diet and exercise programs are futile in conquering sin. If that’s the case, I need a better, no, best approach. This is none other than genuine repentance and the transformational work of the Holy Spirit. That’s pretty much the summary to deal with any sin problem.
It’s easier said than done, however. I keep thinking I can beat this problem on my own, so it’s easy to think I need to start (restart) a new regimen of careful planning, execution, and tracking of an integrated diet and exercise program. Phooey on that!
Time for a Change
If I’m right about Colossians 2:20-23, then I need to understand that my previous efforts are futile and that God’s word is a promise to me. It’s time for a change. That’s where my new favorite verse comes in. Do I trust in the Lord? Yes. Wait, maybe I should ask whether I trust in the Lord enough to abandon my old ways and completely trust him in this. That means no more bathroom scales, no more counting calories, no more fancy diets, no more any of that – just plain old trusting the Lord to provide me what I need.
And what is it that I need? Self-control. And guess what? That’s a fruit of the Spirit. It’s a gift from God. It’s something I can’t get anywhere but from Him.
So, here I am, suddenly having found my new favorite verse. “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.” Somehow, this settles my spirit. I’m on the right path, my friends.
Father, I thank you for favorite verses. I thank you for refreshing old ones and bringing new life to my spirit. You put wind in my sails! Thank you!
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