Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. (NIV) –
(Amplified Bible): 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.
There’s the story of the two guys in a boat way out in the ocean. The one says, “Man – look at all the water!” The other replies, ‘Yeah – and to think that’s just the top of it!” Words have meaning – and those meanings usually involve a whole lot more than we might think. It’s amazing how life changing words in scripture can be when we understand the depth of meaning that they have.
When I first read this verse in other versions of the Bible it seemed like a simple, straightforward recipe for success. In order to succeed, all we have to do is commit what we’re doing to the Lord. That seemed pretty simple to do. But what exactly does it mean to commit something to the Lord? What about all the times when our plans are unclear or we’re questioning what God wants us to do? And doesn’t God’s idea of success sometimes differ from what we think?
When I first read this verse in the Amplified Bible it seemed to jump off the page. I saw what was involved in committing my way to the Lord! But more than that, the verse describes how God would respond and impact our thoughts, our plans and their development! The understanding that “He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will” is priceless to the committed believer.
We want to do His will in every area of our life: personal, family, business, faith, … We want our plans to conform to His plans for us. We want every decision we make – from the big ones to the little ones that fill our day – to be consistent with a Christ-centered life. This verse contains the promise and blueprint of how it can happen.
By embracing this process, the Lord will grow our confidence in Him. We will see the quality of our decisions and lives improve. The more we commit our way to Him; the more we allow Him to transform our thoughts and plans – the more we will experience the ‘God-results’ that He has for us. (‘God results’ = God’s idea of success)