Commit Your Work to the Lord
“Commit you work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16.3
A few weeks ago I got a call, out of the blue, from an old friend that I worked with in the distant past and he offered me a job with a startup company that he was starting. It’s an amazing opportunity and the work is something that I would greatly enjoy. After seeking the Lord about it and visiting my friend to get more information, I accepted the position.
This situation caused me to do two things. First, look back at where the Lord had brought me from to get to this point in my life, and second, to look ahead to what was next.
Looking back, it is amazing how it appears that God has prepared me for this move. It seems like every decision and direction supported what I needed to take this position. Even logistically, I am only a short distance away from where the job is being offered, and I had made a major move last year taking me hundreds of miles from my home, not knowing about this new opportunity. I had also come very close to moving to the opposite coast of the country, a few thousand miles away, but it didn’t work out.
Throughout most of this time in the past, but especially in the last ten years or so, I have focused my life entirely on trusting Him with my decisions and not worrying about the outcome of decisions that I didn’t understand or were against my wants and desires. I believe that this is a testimony to God’s faithfulness and the truthfulness of His word. Only He can see the future and knows what we really need.
On the other hand, as I look to the future, I still have some uncertainty that I need to deal with. I sometimes wonder if I made the right decision or if this is really God’s direction. There is the fear of the possibility of some negative outcome, either physically or spiritually. Again, I must trust the Lord that He knows the future and will help and guide me in this. In my heart I am committing this work to Him and believe that He will establish it. (See Prov. 16.3 quoted above)
So what does it mean to “commit” your work to the Lord? The dictionary definition of commit is “to give in trust or charge, or to consign.” The original Hebrew word used in Proverbs 16 is “galal” which means “to roll, literally or figuratively, roll away, roll down, roll together”. The idea is that we are transferring or rolling away the burden of our work and consigning or entrusting or charging it to the Lord.
This is the opposite of what the world would have us do. In the world we would be pressured to figure out all the details completely. The burden of the decision would be entirely on our shoulders. We would need to think through everything thoroughly and do the research to make sure we don’t miss anything.
I’m not saying that as Christians we should do nothing. We still need to use our minds and do some research if necessary. We should perform our “due diligence” then entrust it to the Lord. The difference is that the burden and pressure is off of our shoulders.
Additionally, I am dealing with the pressures of the transition to the new job: leaving the old job, moving my things to the new city, finding a place to stay, getting out of my current lease on a house, finding a new bank, etc., etc. This all puts pressure on me, but the biggest thing is the fear or the fretting about the future. “What if this happens? Or that happens?” I have to constantly be reminding myself that God is in control of all of these things. It’s like I have known intellectually that God is in control, but I have to now walk in this truth. I have to reject the thoughts that bring the fear or anxiety. The Lord will work all these things out.
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.” Matt. 6.34
“Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4.6-7
When I find myself being anxious I begin to pray. I take the thing that I am anxious about to the Lord in supplication, requesting that He work it out as He sees fit. I also thank Him for what He has done so far. I then trust that He will do what is best for me.
There is a temptation also for us to allow our anxiousness and fretting to get us caught up in a flurry of activity that becomes more important than seeking the Lord. The activity begins to consume us. I think that this is one of the ploys of the enemy to tear down our spiritual strength.
“Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.’” Luke 38-42
Let’s not be like Martha who let her worries and troubles allow her to miss sitting at the feet of Jesus.
I want to comment at this point that the Lord does bless both the just and the unjust alike……
“that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matt. 5:45
……but He will pay special attention to His children who commit their ways to Him. Additionally, entrusting our ways to Him is for our own good! The stress and pressure that results from not entrusting your work to Him can be devastating and will keep you in bondage.
God also will punish the wicked man and will thwart his plans. Don’t be jealous or envious when the wicked man prospers in his work, thinking that God has established his way although he has not honored God or committed his way to Him. God sees this and is just to rectify the situation.
I’ll end this post by copying the beautiful psalm of David, Psalm 37 below, that relates directly to this topic. God is faithful with His promises, both what He promises for this life and His promise of eternal life with Him in heaven. I rest in His faithfulness and rejoice in His promises and that He has chosen to share them with an undeserving man like me.
“Do not fret because of evildoers,
Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
And wither as the green herb.
Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fret—it only causes harm.
For evildoers shall be cut off;
But those who wait on the Lord,
They shall inherit the earth.
For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more;
Indeed, you will look carefully for his place,
But it shall be no more.
But the meek shall inherit the earth,
And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
The wicked plots against the just,
And gnashes at him with his teeth.
The Lord laughs at him,
For He sees that his day is coming.
The wicked have drawn the sword
And have bent their bow,
To cast down the poor and needy,
To slay those who are of upright conduct.
Their sword shall enter their own heart,
And their bows shall be broken.
A little that a righteous man has
Is better than the riches of many wicked.
For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
But the Lord upholds the righteous.
The Lord knows the days of the upright,
And their inheritance shall be forever.
They shall not be ashamed in the evil time,
And in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
But the wicked shall perish;
And the enemies of the Lord,
Like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish.
Into smoke they shall vanish away.
The wicked borrows and does not repay,
But the righteous shows mercy and gives.
For those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth,
But those cursed by Him shall be cut off.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
For the Lord upholds him with His hand.
I have been young, and now am old;
Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
Nor his descendants begging bread.”
He is ever merciful, and lends;
And his descendants are blessed.
Depart from evil, and do good;
And dwell forevermore.
For the Lord loves justice,
And does not forsake His saints;
They are preserved forever,
But the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.
The righteous shall inherit the land,
And dwell in it forever.
The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom,
And his tongue talks of justice.
The law of his God is in his heart;
None of his steps shall slide.
The wicked watches the righteous,
And seeks to slay him.
The Lord will not leave him in his hand,
Nor condemn him when he is judged.
Wait on the Lord,
And keep His way,
And He shall exalt you to inherit the land;
When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.
I have seen the wicked in great power,
And spreading himself like a native green tree.
Yet he passed away,and behold, he was no more;
Indeed I sought him, but he could not be found.
Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright;
For the future of that man is peace.
But the transgressors shall be destroyed together;
The future of the wicked shall be cut off.
But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
He is their strength in the time of trouble.
And the Lord shall help them and deliver them;
He shall deliver them from the wicked,
And save them,
Because they trust in Him.