Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father into your hands I commit my spirit.” Luke 23:46
As Jesus hung on the cross, dying, He felt as though His Father had abandoned Him. Yet, He asked His Father, God, to forgive the people. Then at the very end He committed His spirit into the hands of His Father. Immediately after saying this, Jesus died.
It is difficult for a person to allow someone else to have complete control over himself. This is especially true when it involves one’s life. If the person being trusted with complete control does not do what is expected, then death or extreme suffering will occur.
Trapeze artists and mountaineers have complete trust with their lives in the hands of another person. As the trapeze artist is hanging in the air by the hands of another person, he trusts that the other person will not let go. While the mountaineer is climbing, he is trusting his life to the other one that he will keep a hold of the rope and not make any deadly mistakes.
Jesus had cried out to the Father, asking Him why He was abandoned. God had turned His back on Jesus because of all the sin He was bearing. However, Jesus knew that He was doing exactly what the Father wanted Him to do.
Although it appeared as if God had completely abandoned Jesus, He did not. Jesus also knew the character of His Father and trusted in what He knew to be true. As He breathed His last breathes, He committed His Spirit into the hands of the Father. He knew that God would do what He said He would do. He trusted His Father to not fail.
As you go through the days of your life, there will be times God will ask you to do something that is crazy or may be dangerous. Fear will try to rise up in you and cause you to back down. Just as Jesus did, you must keep going forward. Commit your life and spirit to God and trust Him.
God will not leave you. God will not do or allow anything more or less than is absolutely required. Commit your spirit to Him and trust His words and love for you. Trust that He will take care of you in the end. Do not hold your life, but give it to Jesus.
I pray today that you will be committed to Jesus; that you will trust God with your whole life and death; that you will obey all of God’s commands to you; and that you will see God’s hand at work in your life.