"Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established." Proverbs 16:3
I read this today and we deeply moved. It often seems the Christian life is a battle waged in our thought life. At least mine is. Perhaps normal people don't think as much or as tediously as I do. "Is my heart right? What are my motives in this activity? Am I in God's will? Are we on the right track? Is this God's plan for us? What does God want for my child? Am I where I'm supposed to be spiritually?" On and on the thoughts go, each and every day: Fighting against fear, discouragement and seeking God's perfect will for me and my children.
I love how the Amplified Bible renders the verse above:
"Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thougths to become agreeable to His will, and]so shall your plans be established and succeed." Proverbs 16:3
What a wonderful answer to all that grappling of mind! Instead of sitting around thinking, thinking, thinking, if I simply commit my works, my plans, my children, my day, my moments, every choice completely unto God, HE will establish my thoughts - He will guide, lead and conform my thoughts to His will. Then, all shall work out according to His perfect will. I can turn off the continual stream of questioning thoughts and worries, by making a decision, each moment - but especially those moments that I'm in doubt - to give it all over to Him.
Sometimes I want to make the Christian life so much more complicated. God says - just commit your works to me - an act of your will - then I'll do the rest.
LORD, I commit all these things unto you. I place them in Your hands. I will not fear, or struggle or be anxious. I choose to simply, right now, trust it all to YOU. I give it to you and believe that You are going to establish my thoughts and my plans - and they will succeed by Your standards of success.