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Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established. - Proverbs 16:3  NKJV

This verse has haunted me for years.  I've both received it as instruction from wise counsel and given it as "wise" counsel to others, instructing them (and myself) to "just do the right thing and your emotions/feelings/thoughts will eventually catch up".   But is that what the verse is really saying?  Could this interpretation be contrary to the premise of Ephesians 2:8-9?  Ephesians 2:8-9 says

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Our doing...

... takes God's provision out of the "miracle" equation.
... gives us reason to accept credit for the changed life.
... enslaves us when done out of obligation.

Commit doesn't mean "do".  The English "commit" is from a Hebrew root word meaning "to roll".  I like the way my study bible explains this:

The idea is to "roll your cares onto the Lord."  Trusting the Lord with our decisions frees us from preoccupation with our problems."

A parallel verse is this one:

Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. (Psalm 37:5)

I am changing the way I "counsel" with respect to this verse.  All we need to be doing is praying for our attitudes and our direction.  God will do the rest.   He will establish our thoughts or plans.  If we try, all we'll do is get ourselves into more "trouble".   That's what we should be taking credit for, not the miracle.

Dear Lord, thank you for the treasures in your word and how when unearthed, it interprets itself.  Help me and other "doers" like me to rest in your provision and promises to do right by us in your sovereign plan.  Bend our will to yours.  Break us if you must.  Most of all, bring us close to you so we can clearly see your will.  Amen.

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Janna Rust is a Professional Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them.  For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.

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