Happy New Year!
It’s that time again – time to make those new year’s resolutions. I love to make lists, and I’m ready to get these things done. But this year I’ve made a discovery. All my once again New Year’s resolutions are old – the same old list of changes I have wanted to see come to pass in my life for years. We all know (and perhaps have) the typical list. Lose weight, exercise more, quit this, do this, don’t do that, work harder, work less. And on and on it goes year after year.
Is there really any way to come to the end of 2014 and see any changes in our lives? I’m certain there is. The question is how. As always we can find the answer in God’s Word. Tucked away in Proverbs we’ll find our lifeline to living a new and better way. In Proverbs 16:3 we are told to “Commit your works to the Lord and your thoughts will be established.” The word commit means to roll, to roll down, to roll away, to give in trust, to put into the hands or power of another. Somehow I can see the picture here of literally taking my issue and rolling it into hands that are bigger than mine. I like the Amplified Bible version of this verse. “Roll your works upon the Lord – commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and so shall your plans be established and succeed. “As I commit my works or activities to Him, He will give me His thoughts so that I can succeed. What a fabulous promise.
Instead of my trying desperately to change something in my life and failing once again in my performance, why don’t I first commit my work to Him and gain His thoughts, His Wisdom, His understanding and His insight?
I’m ready to make my list. But first I am going to commit all that I do in 2014 to Him. Instead of trying to work from the outside in, I am going to live as He intended for me to live, committing ALL my works to Him and succeeding in my endeavors. His Holy Spirit will lead me so that everything I put my hand to prospers.
Get out your pen and paper and make your list. Commit your 2014 work to Him and plan to succeed.
May all His Covenant Blessings belong to you and yours.