How would you like your plans to succeed, every time? Who wouldn’t? Investing effort for anything less would be a waste of time. But, how often are we lulled into complacency by carelessly agreeing with expressions such as, “You win some, you lose some”? Losing, however, is never God’s will! God’s desire is to see you succeed—in everything. After all, if God is for you, who (or what) can be against you?
- “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place” (2 Corinthians 2:14, NKJV).
- “Commit your works to the Lord [submit and trust them to Him], and your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance]” (Prov. 16:3, AMP).
To commit your works means to dedicate or devote your labor and pursuits to God. When you do, your plans will succeed.
Is God confining us to a rigid set of rules so He can remain in control? Not at all. Since His ways are higher than ours, He’s merely showing us how to unlock success.
The New King James Version says it this way, “Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established” (Prov. 16:3). Scripture is clear, action is required! The word “commit,” comes from the Hebrew word which means “to roll.” It’s a verb. Therefore, it’s our responsibility to dedicate everything we do, to God.
Why might God use the word “roll” in this verse? Perhaps it’s because our works can become such a burden we’re unable to carry them alone. As a result, we must relinquish control and roll them away.
All our outward concerns must be committed to the providence of God, and to the sovereign, wise, and gracious disposal of that providence. ~Matthew Henry’s Commentary
Next time you go to work, start another project or undertake something new, ask yourself this: “Do I want to take all the credit (and shoulder all the responsibility), or would I rather commit my works to God and be assured of a successful outcome?”
If you commit your works to Him, then your thoughts will be established. In other words, God will direct your plans.
But, how do you “commit” your works to the Lord?
- Acknowledge God’s power and presence in your life. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Prov. 3:5-6, NKJV).
- Submit to God’s will. “Now yield and submit yourself to Him [agree with God and be conformed to His will] and be at peace; in this way [you will prosper and great] good will come to you” (Job. 22:21, AMP).
- Trust God because He can be trusted. Remember, His desire is to see you succeed. “Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. (Matt. 11:29-30, NKJV).
For further study, see: 3 John 1:2 and Romans 8:31
How can you “commit” your works to the Lord in a way that you haven’t done before?