Commit Thy Works Unto the Lord

Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. Proverbs 16:3

I read this today and was 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, as I fight against fear and discouragement and seek 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 thoughts 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, and 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 plan. I can turn off the continual stream of questioning thoughts and worries by making a decision each moment—and 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 than it needs to be. God says to just commit my works to Him—an act of my will—then He’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 that they will succeed by Your standards of success.


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