Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in Him, and He will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as the noonday. Psalm 37:5-6
Playing with a ball brings to mind rolling. Lying at the top of a grassy knoll brings a delightful roll down the hill on one’s side. Playing marbles is about rolling. Using an exercise ball calls for a rolling action of the body upon the ball, whether standing up against it or lying atop of it. We roll.
Commit, in the verse above, is about rolling our cares off from ourselves and onto God. We are to…
remove from ourselves
throw off, give, cast off a burden
Roll unto Jehovah thy works, And established are thy purposes,… Proverbs 16:3 YLT
“Roll upon Jehovah thy way,”… i.e., commit all my concerns to God.
And the LORD said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” And so the name of that place is called Gilgal to this day. Joshua 5:9
Jesus tells us, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Matthew 6:25
…casting all your anxieties on him, because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
All of our cares, those anxious moments, those tender ones whom we love so…give them all to Him. Our job is just that.
Then Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head and chief over them; and Jephthah spoke all his words before the LORD at Mizpah. Judges 11:11
Jephthah gave all his concerns to the LORD and trusted Him with the outcome for in verse 7, Jephthah asks, “And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead, Did not ye hate me, and expel me out of my father’s house? and why are ye come unto me now when ye are in distress?” He had reason for concern.
Naomi said to Ruth, “Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing this day.” Ruth 3:18
In His time, God will roll away the reproach, bring forth righteousness and honor due to the one who is rolling away his cares onto the LORD. Just because God takes on our cares does not mean that we should stand far off, be afraid that these cares, concerns will be back in our own hands.
Yes, I do take them back all on my own, but God usually does not give them back. I tend to roll them over to Him time and time again, because I take them back time and time again.
BUT…I am to stay near to God…
Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you. James 4:10
Father God, You want me to roll my burdens to You, to “roll upon Jevovah thy ways.” I want to. I do. I forget and take them back. I am sorry. I am learning. I wish that I were a child and still rolling down those green hills with laughter bubbling out of my mouth and heart, never thinking once, let alone twice, about cares and concerns. I was a kid having fun “without a care in the world.” I want to roll down those green, lush hills, but I can no longer do that physically. You know that of me. But you also know that I can lighten my load by giving it to You. Teach me Your ways, O LORD. I want to learn to roll, to commit my burdens to the One Who can do something about them. I want to quit pretending that I can do things better than You. I want to lay down my pretenses of strength and allow You to be my Strength. I want to roll everything onto Your back for You can carry these loads. I cannot. Then when I finally let them go, Father, I can heart-fully roll down those green hills once again with the lightness and laughter of long ago when I did not even know “burdens.” O Father, I can be the child I miss so, sometimes. I can be Your child and run, walk, roll, and stay close because You love me so. I am Yours, Father. I pray these words in the Name of Your Son, my Brother. Amen.
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