Proverbs 16:3 (NKJV)
Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.
Proverbs 16:3 teaches a wonderful principle.
However, there is no better example of the “old covenant” revealed to us in the Old Testament vs. the “new covenant” instituted by Jesus in the New Testament.
For the Old Testament follower of God, the goal was to obey the Law as well as you could so that you could expect God to bless your plans.
In the New Testament things changed—drastically.
A New Testament version of Proverbs 16:3 would go something like this: “Commit yourself to the Lord, and His thoughts will be established in you.”
For the Christian, the goal is not trying to earn God’s favor so he will bless your plans but rather to seek God’s presence so that you will know Him well enough that you can be a part of His plan.
A practical application of this could go this way (read the following carefully): Through it is important to know the time of an event, it is more important to know the event of the time.
This is more than just a play on words, it is a way of acknowledging that in any event (your plans)—whether it be work, worship, or leisure, there is something going on that is more than man’s plans. God is also at work and it is the Christian who has stopped making life about his or her plans and started making life about being in God’s presence that catches what God is seeking to do in any event and becomes an instrument of grace in his hands.
- The ONE THING for today: As you begin another week make this your goal: Instead of focusing on your plans this week and on asking God to bless your plans, make it your goal to be close enough to God that you hear his heart so that you can be a part of his plans.
Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV)
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”