Proverbs 16:3 – God’s Plan for Success

commitI wonder if Solomon had the words of his father, King David, in mind when he taught his son Proverbs 16:3.  David, perhaps nearing the winter of life, challenged his men to trust the Lord in the midst of their enemies. David wrote:

Psalms 37:5 “Commit [lit. “roll over” to another] thy way unto the LORD; trust [lean on; be confident] also in him; and He shall bring it to pass.”

What a comforting thought! God is loving, faithful and wants His people to comit thy way“commit” to Him their way!  How much happier we would be, how much lighter our burdens, if we would commit our ways to the Lord!  We plot and plan, fret and worry, failing to “roll over” our cares upon the Lord. We fail to be dependent upon God, forgetting that without His blessing, our plans will come to naught.

Solomon taught his son God’s plan for success in Proverbs 16:3.

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit [tust; lit. “roll over” on to another that which is too heavy to be carried]  thy works [deed; behavior] unto the LORD, and thy thoughts [plans; purpose] shall be established [put right; prosper].”

I note two steps for success in today’s proverb. The first is the responsibility of man to plan and to devise.  Someone has observed, “The failure to plan is a plan for failure.”  A wise man ponders and plans. A wise general does not lead his army into battle without first devising a plan for victory. A contractor does not build a house without seeking the expertise of an architect to draw up blueprints detailing the minutest details for the project. Thus it is that every man and woman must bear the responsibility of weighing their life, talents and abilities, planning and making the most of the opportunities God providentially sends across their path.

Trust GodThe second step for success is to trust God completely (16:3b). When things do not go as planned, it is easy to second-guess, change course, abandon ship, walk away!  However, is that God’s plan?  Many men and women give up and walk away from ministry, marriage and employment, failing to wait on the Lord to deliver and work.

Why is it so easy to fret, worry and run away? I suggest it is because we fail to “roll over” onto the Lord our plans and trust Him for the outcome!

Take a moment and consider the following reassurances.

Psalm 37:5, 7 – “Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass…7  Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.”

HopePsalm 37:34 Wait on the LORD, and keep His way, and He shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.”

Psalm 37:39-40 But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: He is their strength in the time of trouble. 40 And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him.”

My friend, I do not know what this day will bring; however, I know the Lord wants us to commit the day and its opportunities to Him. Pray and do that now.