Yesterday, Greg recommended that I start my day out with Proverbs 16 (it was the 16th of September, my brother Tom’s birthday!). Every verse of this chapter is powerful!
The one that really stood out and kept coming back to me all day long was verse 3. “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” When I first read this, I have to admit my very first, flesh-inspired thought was “No they don’t”. Wow! When I actually recognized that I was thinking something so totally different from what the Bible says, I was surprised. I guess I shouldn’t be. That’s why I need a savior.
Since I did have this thought, I decided maybe I didn’t really know what it meant to commit my way to the Lord. I have done many things and still have many dreams in life and so far, I can’t say that everything I have done has succeeded. My book has been declined by publishers 4X’s (I would only have 20 more times to catch up to Dr. Seuss and 36 more times to catch up to Mary Higgins Clark). More times than I would like to think about I have sent churches materials about speaking at their event only to have them not call or worse yet, not return my call. Doesn’t seem like success to me. Obviously, that must not be what He is talking about.
Webster’s says to commit means to 1. give in trust or charge 2. to entrust for safekeeping.
Have I done that? Have I taken the desires of my heart, given them in trust to the Lord and then looked in my life for what He would consider success? Sometimes yes; Sometimes no.
There is so much to entrust to Him:
* My Husband
* My kids (this one can be the most scary in this world)
* My book
I could go on for a very long time. For today, I choose to entrust to Him the safekeeping of all of these things, knowing that He is faithful to His Word. He probably defines that success differently than I do. Verse 4 says “The Lord works out everything for his own ends…” The end He is most concerned about is that He is glorified, that all men are brought to Himself and I am more like Him in the end.