Today’s Spiritual Food for Thought, written by Pastor Charles Choe (Tapestry Church, Los Angeles), was originally posted on December 7, 2014.
Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend
“Knowing God is to Trust Him”
Proverbs 16:3, 9
“Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.”
“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.”
During my senior year in high school, I recall meeting with my guidance counselor to discuss my future college and major. For some reason, I felt uneasy and an overwhelming fear accompanying me the whole time I was with her. I felt extremely intimidated in deciding my future, for I thought that whatever decision I made now would be irreversible for the rest of my life. Feeling pressured to make the right decision within the fifteen minutes I was allotted, seemed overwhelming for me.
Today’s verses remind us that we do not need to fret or be anxious because God has a plan for our lives that will ultimately glorify Him and be good for us. We can make our own plans, but unless we’re submitting those plans to the Lord, we will continually find ourselves frustrated and being delayed in experiencing His peace. These two verses point out that God is in control even of our plans and He will ultimately establish them.
Just pause and consider that. No matter what you go through, you can go at it with the assurance that God loves you and knows what’s best for you. And if you are willing to commit your ways to Him, He will unfold His perfect plan for your life. This is a very comforting thought. This means that you don’t have to be so anxious about what to do, whether to move to a new city or stay put, whether to date this or that person, or whether to go left or go right. What’s more important than trying to make the right decision is the motive behind that decision.
Ask yourself: Do I want to major in this career to glorify God? Am I dating this person so that I can gain a partner to serve the purposes of the Gospel? It appears to me that you can’t really go against God or make the wrong decision if you are seeking first His kingdom and righteousness.
Ultimately, it’s about committing yourself and your work to the Lord, and desiring his will to be done through your life each day. Knowing God is to trust Him. This is the kind of person that the Lord is looking for. If we become that kind of a person, then Solomon tells us that our plans will succeed. This doesn’t mean that we’ll always make a lot of money or that our lives will be easy. But it does mean that because our vision for our lives are in line with God’s, we will have peace and joy in Him, knowing that we are exactly where He wants us to be.
Prayer: Father, help me to submit myself and my plan to You out of knowing that You are a good God who “plans to prosper [me] and not harm [me], plans to give [me] hope and a future” (Jer. 29:11). Most of all, thank You for giving us Jesus to save us. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: 1 Kings 7-8