Proverbs 16:3

Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.


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Are you confused, and do not know what to do? Are you overwhelmed? Such painful doubts are the result of losing your peace in the LORD. But it can be easily recovered, if you commit your works to Him. He will settle, comfort, and strengthen you (I Pet 5:10).

In a sinful and uncertain world, where you cannot know even tomorrow, there are often doubts, fears, perplexities, and worries. But this is not the life God desires or planned for His children. He can and will take your painful cares away, if you commit all to Him. His promised, permanent presence will bring contentment and courage (Heb 13:5-6).

Peter wrote about the LORD’s tender care, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (I Pet 5:7). And David, who faced many and severe difficulties, wrote with confidence and experience, “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved” (Ps 55:22). Believe both promises!

Paul wrote, “Be careful for nothing – and the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:6-7). Jesus comforted, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself” (Matt 6:34). This great comfort is based on His ability and care, and all you need to do to obtain it is trust Him and seek His kingdom first (Matt 6:25-33).

You commit your works unto the LORD by doing everything His way. Esteem His precepts to be perfect and sufficient (Pr 3:7; Ps 119:128). If you totally leave your own understanding, and in all your ways acknowledge Him, He will direct your paths (Pr 3:5-6). Joshua found the first walled city in Canaan to be easy doing it the LORD’s way (Josh 6:20)! Overwhelmed as a parent? Perfect knowledge is right here in the book of Proverbs.

You commit your works unto the LORD by doing them unto Him. “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (I Cor 10:31). “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him” (Col 3:17). Everything works out for those loving God, for they are the ones appointed to glory according to His eternal purpose (Rom 8:28)!

You commit your works unto the LORD by turning them over to Him. You do this by prayer with thanksgiving (Phil 4:6; Col 4:2). If you keep your mind fixed on the LORD Jehovah, rather than your dilemmas, you will find perfect peace (Is 26:3-4). When facing a great army, Jehoshaphat led a public prayer meeting, where he prayed among other things, “Neither know we what to do” (II Chron 20:1-19). God fought the battle for Him! The Lord Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled – believe also in me” (John 14:1).

You commit your works unto the LORD by trusting Him for the results. It is vain and distressing when you think the results depend on you. The results depend on Him, and He suggests you take a nap (Ps 127:1-2)! Once you have made reasonable plans, turn the rest over to His gracious and sovereign will (Pr 16:9; Ps 37:3-7; Jas 4:13-15). Such trust will fix and establish your heart without fear, regardless of your situation (Ps 112:7-8).

Surrounded with enemy armies on all sides, Joab once committed an important battle to the LORD, and he had a great victory (II Sam 10:9-14). Two widows, uncertain of their future, sent one to glean, with both trusting in their great Father in heaven: the gleaner obtained much food for both, but she also got a rich husband for a family (Ruth 2:1-23)!

Paul knew the truth of this proverb as well as any. He faced more difficulties at any one time than you could even imagine in a lifetime. But he said, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed” (II Cor 4:8-9). He had committed his works to the LORD.

Dear reader, what troubles you today? What faces you that distresses your mind? Commit your works unto the LORD, and He will establish your thoughts. Do them His way; do them unto Him; turn them over to Him in prayer; and trust Him for the results. He will take care of you immediately, by blessing you with contentment, peace, and assurance.

Jesus Christ faced the ultimate challenge and difficulty in the horrifying work to redeem the elect on the cross of Calvary, but He committed Himself to the LORD (I Pet 2:23). He was heard, and an angel came and strengthened Him (Heb 5:7-10; Luke 22:43). You should also, doing well in obedience, commit the keeping of your soul to your faithful Creator (I Pet 4:19). The same servants will minister unto you (Ps 34:7; Heb 1:13-14).