Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will be established
” Proverbs 16:3
As the year comes to a close, many of us take a moment to reflect on the year past and envision the new year to come. We make plans, set goals and have lists of resolutions with every intent on accomplishing them.
We often get carried away with the things we want or want to do, putting so much effort into accomplishing them we forget to stop and ask if our goals are the same as God’s goals for us. There are times we want something so much we can almost taste it. If it’s important enough, we don’t stop until we finish.
An overall theme in the devotions I share is trust and faith in God, even when we don’t completely understand, like my previous post Grandma’s Quilt, when it feels like our lives are being ripped and torn, shredded into pieces and we can’t see passed what it used to be, what we wanted it to be to see what it is, something ruined, no longer useful, not pleasing or serving to the Lord. If we give it up to Him, let him use His nimble hands, He will turn it into something new, something beautiful, something better and long lasting. Like the quilt that covers my lap, whatever He makes will be cherished and we’ll see Him turn the fabric of our past into something unimaginable, something so much better, something according to His purpose.
Another important teaching I’ve been reading lately is not just blindly trusting in God’s way over our own, but in seeking out truth and understanding for ourselves. In Proverbs 2, Solomon teaches us about the value of wisdom. It says to incline your ear to wisdom and apply your heart to understanding. If you cry out for discernment and lift up your voice for understading, if you seek it as silver, search for it as you would for hidden treasures, THEN you will understand the fear of the Lord and the knowledge of God. The Lord gives wisdom and from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding.
He’s telling us not to just bumble around waiting on God to drop things in our lap but to seek out the knowledge and understanding that God will give us. Search for it like we would silver or a buried treasure, things we might desire more than anything else and He will give it to us.
In an excert from my devotional Bible, Sara Trollinger wrote, “God doesn’t want us to have intellectual knowledge of truth. He wants us to experience its operating power in our hearts.”
YES, God wants us to trust in Him and the plans he has for us. YES, He wants us to have faith that no matter how difficult things are for us to understand, He has it under contol. YES, God wants for us to let go and let Him take the reins but He also wants us to GROW, to HUNGER and THIRST for only the KNOWLEDGE and WISDOM that He can give us.
TRUST in GOD but never give up questing for what He has stored for us. Live through the experiences in our lives that gain us knowledge and wisdom and carry those forward in a way that pleases Him.
Make your plans, your lists and resolutions but “Commit your work to the Lord” first, as he says in Proverbs 16:3, “and your plans will be established.”
Your Faithful, Steadfast Shepherdess