…or as the NLT (New Living Translation) states,
“Commit your actions to the lord, and your plans will succeed.”
Well, that sounds simple enough.
So if I just pray about my plans every day, God will make me succeed?
On first glance at this verse, it would seem that if we are Christians (or perhaps even if we aren’t), and if we pray and ask for God’s blessing every day, then everything will go smoothly.
But there are two major flaws with this line of thought.
First, my plans DO NOT ALWAYS SUCCEED!
At least, that’s how it appears. Life does not always go smoothly; in fact, sometimes it’s painfully difficult.
But do I ever consider that God has an even better plan, one that allows for my growth and His glory, and not just my comfort? Ouch!
The second problem is that I think we interpret this verse ALL BACKWARDS.
As much as I want it to mean that I just go ahead and plan my day and my life and God will bless it, I have to remind myself that I also need to consider that my ways may not necessarily be God’s ways.
Mother doesn’t always know best! (That’s me, by the way.)
I need to remember that my life is fully surrendered to Christ, not just when I go to church on Sunday, but for real, in the nitty-gritty of my everyday life.
“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20
Oswald Chambers expresses it this way in a devotional reading entitled, “The Surrendered Life”:
“To become one with Jesus Christ, a person must be willing not only to give up sin, but also to surrender his whole way of looking at things. Being born again by the Spirit of God means that we must first be willing to let go before we can grasp something else.”
Yes, I want my plans to succeed.
But first and foremost, even though it may mean walking through difficulty and pain, I want my life to be fully surrendered to the Lord, with the end result being His glory.
I want to grow and mature into the real person God designed me to be.
If going through difficulties may make my life a blessing or an encouragement to others, then so be it.
My true desire is to commit my way to the Lord, and allow His good plan to flourish and succeed in my life.
Besides, His plan is so much better than mine ever could be.
“If you are faced with the question of whether or not to surrender, make a determination to go on through the crisis, surrendering all that you have and all that you are to Him. And God will then equip you to do all that He requires of you.” – Oswald Chambers, from My Utmost For His Highest