“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16:3
God does not exist to rubber stamp our plans. Notice how the proverb starts: “Commit your work to the Lord.” When we choose to put God at the center of our day and all that we hope to accomplish, we are recognizing that He is the most important, and that if anything we do is to matter eternally, it is because of His involvement.
But we have a part to play too. A large part! Notice the emphasis on our responsibility: “your work to the Lord, … your plans….”
Our success is not all up to God. Those who center their lives on Him must use their God-given intellect, physical strength, and resources well, working hard toward the achievement of thought-out, wise plans.
The result is that God will establish our plans. Not necessarily according to how we think things should turn out: success often looks different to God than it does to us. But God loves to honor daily, intentional work when it’s being done, above all else, for His glory.
Have you hit dead ends in life lately?
If the answer is yes, you may want to ask whether you’ve been committing your plans to God and using all of the resources at your disposal. If you’ve been doing all of that, then the road ahead is to trust that God will establish His good purposes for you in His perfect timing.
God, I don’t want to run ahead of You and end up planning my own life without Your involvement. I choose to put You at the center again today. Give me the wisdom to plan effectively and the strength to work hard for Your glory, amen.
Make sure you have a habit of placing your day into God’s hands. It could be a prayer or Bible verse you say in the morning, or a post-it note on your bathroom mirror with an exhortation. Find what works for you so that you are committing your work and plans to God at the start of each day.
Is Jesus your ultimate treasure?