Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 16
Verse 6: “Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.”
Today’s devotion would benefit from some vocabulary words. The first of two words that we would do well to understand in context is the word ‘thoughts”. In the text, the phrase “your thoughts”, are referring to “your plans”. There is an old saying, “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.” Although I understand the meaning of this old saying, and it does have value, it also can be unfair towards God. He probably would not want us to picture Him laughing at our plans. It is better said, commit you plans unto God. Our lives have been committed to do His will - His way. Until we do, our plans are simply ours, and not His.
The second word that we would do well to understand in context is the word ‘established”. That simply means, your plans will be established, meaning accomplished. When we make plans without consideration and submission to God, we set our course with ourselves at the wheel. When we do this, we forfeit any expectation that God will see it through. On the other hand, when we make plans having already committed our ways to Him, then our plans will be for Him. Then we can have confidence He will see them through. Or as todays “gold nugget” says, “Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.”
Lord, help me to always plan with you as the focus of my intentions. It is when I plan with me at the center, that I have already planned incorrectly. Amen
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