Commit Your Works To The Lord
"Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;" (Colossians 4:2).
My grandfathers taught me the importance of planning. You don't just throw seed on the ground and expect a good harvest. You don't just purchase a couple of cows and a bull and expect that you will have a valuable herd one day. Indeed, you cannot even plant a garden without careful planning. Farming is planning and thinking.
Not being an agricultural based community anymore has deprived us of "The gospel according to Farmers." There are basic things of life that were obvious to our ancestors. For example; (1) The importance of neighbors. You may imagine farmers being loners. They were not. They talked every thing out with neighbors because they knew their hearts were deceitful and desperately wicked and sometimes their own thoughts and plans could not be trusted. "The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:9). (2) The importance of prayer. After you have done all that you can, it was important to commit your hard work to the Lord through prayer. Not just your own prayer, but corporate prayer from the whole community was necessary. You prayed not only for rain, the avoidance of disease on plants and animals, the controlling of insects, the avoidance of accidents, and health for your family, but for everyone in the community.
Proverbs 16 - Teaches us today?
Proverbs 16:1-3 "(1) The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. (2) All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the lord weighs the motives. (3) Commit your works to the Lord, And your plans will be established."
Psalm 7:15-17 (Theme: An Appeal For Justice) "(15) He has dug a pit and hollowed it out, And has fallen into the hole which he made. (16) His mischief will return upon his own hear, And his violence will descend upon his own pate. (17) I will give thanks to the Lord according to His righteousness, And will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High."
Today's question. How do I commit my works to the Lord?
After you have done your very best in planning and thinking, the very next step is to pray. Not simply pray once or twice, but through out the time you are working on your plan. In addition, you should ask others to pray with you and for you. During prayer commit your plan to God.
God said that our ‘plans will be established'. This means that we can trust Him for the outcome of our plans. The important thing for us to do is not to worry, but to work hard, doing all that we can do, to help bring the plan to fruition.
Next, by committing your works to God you no longer need to worry. "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." (Philippians 4:6).
Lastly, when you have done your best in thinking, planning and praying all that remains is work. God intended for us to work; "Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it." (Gen 2:15).
Dear God, thank you for the work you have given us. It is indeed a pleasure to be a worker in your family. May all that we do bring glory to you. Amen.
The Newness Of Life Daily Bible Message is designed for those who like to take a short respite from the day's responsibilities to enjoy the contemplation of God's word. This daily message is based primarily upon the belief that to read some of Proverbs and some of Psalm everyday will provide us with great spiritual growth and development when done consistently with discipline. Phillip Saxton and contibute to Newness Of Life Ministries (NOL) Phillip Saxton, www.NewnessOfLife.com. Phillip can be reached at saxton AT MiTowne dot com
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