Commit your works to the LORD and your plans will be established. – Proverbs 16:3
1 Peter 5:5-7
5 Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,
7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
In Game 6 of the 1997 NBA Finals, Michael Jordan rather than taking the winning shot himself, passed the ball to Steve Kerr. Kerr scored the final basket and the Bulls’ won their second straight title.
There are times in life when we could do it ourselves, yet often it is better to let someone else do it. Obviously, the person we choose to trust must be available, capable of handling the responsibility, and carrying it out.
The Father has placed Himself in the position of final arbitrator and decision-maker. Who is able to develop a better plan than the Father? Certainly not us. He encourages us to entrust ourselves to Him.
Proverbs 16:3 Commit your works to the LORD and your plans will be established.
Psalms 37:5 Commit your way to the LORD! Trust in him, and he will act on your behalf.
The Hebrew word translated commit is galal. It literally means to roll, roll away, to transfer what is rolled away from oneself to another. The sense of the Hebrew word, galal becomes trust, confide in, or rely on.
We dislodge the burden from our shoulders and lay it on the Father (Leupold). We release the right of making the final decision to Him, when we roll over, entrust our activities, our plans, our very destiny to the Father. This is not passive resignation, but rather deliberate redirection by making the choice. He takes over jurisdiction and He shoulders the responsibility. He becomes the executor, much like the executor of a last will and testament. But rather than overseeing our deaths, He takes care of our lives.
He will act on our behalf; He will bring it to pass (KJV). He now has jurisdiction and binding decision-making power. The Father becomes the final arbitrator.
The Father considers all the permutations and selects the best conceivable plan. The Father always chooses the best possible option. The Father’s plans are better than anything we could come up with.
When we release the right of making the final decision to Him, we can rest assured it is safe in the Father’s hands. His decisions are objective and superior. There are no hidden agendas or biases.
REFLECT & PRAY
Many of us have spent much of our lives pursuing our own way and not really considering the Father. Or perhaps worse, writing up an imaginary contractual relationship between ourselves and the Father regarding our expectations. We sign our name to the contract but we forge His. When things do not go our way, we can get really angry, blame Him, and part company.
Father I choose to entrust my plans, hopes, dreams and desires into Your safe hands.
We are instructed to roll our works on the Lord and let Him take the shot. The term works is plural and refers to actions, deeds, or undertakings. The sense here is simply, “Trust everything you do to the Lord.”
Each child of the King has a personal promise concerning the outcome. Our plans will be established, that is, turn out well. When we pass our plans over to Him, His plans become our plans.
The Hebrew term translated established is kun. It means firm or firmly established. Hence, they are sure, steadfast, permanent, and lasting.
Occasionally when trying to do the Father’s work and follow His instructions, we find ourselves disturbed and depressed. Whenever we find ourselves in this state, we should stop at once and ask ourselves, “Whose work is it?” If it is the Father’s work and plan, it is His responsibility as well. We not only trust Him for the plan, but also for the plan’s completion.
We roll over not merely present fretfulness, but all our cares. We cast away our anxiety, resign ourselves to the Father’s choices for us. What a medicine is this for expelling present and future concerns! How blessed are those who live every day in obedience to this precept! Our destiny will be joyfully accomplished if we confidently entrust all to our Lord (Spurgeon).
How do we commit our works to the Lord? Not merely by asking Him to bless what we have already done, but by committing ourselves and our plans to Him before, during, and after we have done our work (Stanley).