“For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day” (2 Timothy 1.12 NKJV).
God will “keep” or watch over the things that we give Him. We can trust that God will oversee all of the worries, responsibilities, mistakes and anxieties that we commit to Him until the Day of His arrival back to earth. We can also deposit our ministries, careers, families, health, goals, dreams and so on, resting in God’s all-inclusive care. The Greek word for “have committed to” is paratheke, and it literally means to make a deposit, like at a bank. When we deposit our money at the bank, we can no longer touch it unless we literally take it back out again. But if we trust the bank, we know that our money will be faithfully looked after. This is the same way with God. We must make “deposits” every day into God’s account, knowing that He’s a better manager at overseeing the “currency” of our lives than we are. And once we finally release control and make deposits into God’s care, we must leave them in God’s secure vaults, trusting that He knows what is best for us. If we keep taking the deposits out, God cannot supernaturally move in our deposits because we are in essence slapping His mighty hand away. However, we can trust our God because He loves us, and we can let Him pour His glory into the deposits that we have committed to Him.
“We must cease striving and trust God to provide what He thinks is best and in whatever time He chooses to make it available. But this kind of trusting doesn’t come naturally. It’s a spiritual crisis of the will in which we must choose to exercise faith.” – Charles Swindoll