“Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.” Proverbs 16.3
If Solomon has any one principle behind his writings, it is this – they are practical. Theoretical stuff doesn’t do much for me. Just tell me HOW it will work on a day-to-day basis, and I am good with that. That is practical learning. So in this verse Solomon tells us to “commit our works (or work) to the LORD …” How many days out of the year do you get up and say to yourself, “Man, I don’t feel like going to work today”? Sometimes we view our work as just another day to work so we can get the paycheck. That mindset is already a recipe for disaster. Why not get up tomorrow and BEFORE you have time to use negative self-talk, commit your work to the Lord? When you clock in, or arrive at the office, or however else your work day starts, thank the Lord for the strength to work, the presence of mind to do a good job at your work, and ask God for the opportunity to be an encouragement to your co-workers, and also to your boss. If you work in a job where you interact with the public, ask God to let you be an encouragement to someone you meet that day.
Let’s look at this last phrase: “and your thoughts (or plans) shall be established.” Once you have committed your WORK DAY to the Lord, He is then able to work through His Spirit to help you formulate your plan of action for the day. That may simply mean how you do a particular job or how you handle a particular problem or anything else related to that day’s work. Practical? Yes! Easy? Not always! As Nike says, “Just do it!” Just my thoughts …