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Word to the Wise: June 24

by Diane Rone, First Impressions Associate

Scripture
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” – Proverbs 16:3

Reflection
Proverbs is always practical. Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, tells us to reverse the order of our thoughts and plans and first commit our works to God. Then, we can trust our thoughts, and our plans will be established. This is totally different from what we usually think of, first committing our plans to the Lord and then our works. Dreaming about the future is a gift, but ultimately, God is in control. Tim Keller once wrote: “Decisions 100% God and 100% you. Is God totally in charge? Yes! What I do counts, all for God’s Glory.”

Have you ever done something thinking it was what God wanted you to do? We’ve all been there, myself included. I was asked to speak at a women’s event along with a few other women. I only had three minutes to speak. I thought I could do this. I wrote my speech and memorized and practiced it over a week or so. The day came, I took my piece of paper with the speech written on it to the rehearsal. I froze and became a ball of nerves. Several hours had passed and I still couldn’t remember what I had written. I called my husband earlier in the day and told him I was struggling. Literally 30 minutes before the event started I called my husband again and told him I was backing out. He prayed and encouraged me, but I was still struggling. One last time I went to my knees in prayer and God told me to throw the piece of paper away and the Holy Spirit would place the right words on my heart. I threw that piece of paper away and walked back into the Centrum and all my anxiety and fears were just gone. I got up on stage and spoke with confidence, and God did what He said He would do. He gave me the words He wanted me to say. I could feel Him standing right beside me and holding me up. To this day, I don’t do anything without committing my works to Him, even writing this devotional. It may not always work out like we think it should, but God sees the bigger picture and is working things out for our good and His perfect will. 

Reflections Questions
This verse is a simple instruction, and if we do this, our plans will not be less than our own, just less of a burden to us. Sometimes our burdens get too heavy to bear, and God can help if we only ask him to. What does it look like for you to commit your work to the Lord and fully trust Him to establish it? How can you invite Him into your plans and dreams today?

Prayer
Dear God, thank you for your perfect love and for your faithfulness. As we commit our works to you, show us how to trust in you to accomplish them. Help us to always come to you first and not as an afterthought. God, we realize that by trusting you we find true rest. We ask for wisdom as we go about our day and hope for the future. I pray we feel a sense of your nearness to us and the certainty of how much you love us. We love you. In the mighty name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.