It was my first day of vacation. There was so much to be done and so little time to do it all. We had company coming in four days and my house had to be cleaned from top to bottom. You know the feeling. There were errands to run, groceries to buy and then to cook enough food to feed a small army. I was spinning at the thought of it all and just where to begin when a Scripture came to me:
Commit thy works unto the Lord and thy thoughts shall be established. (Proverbs 16:3)
As I grabbed my Bible, pen and notepad, I sent up a prayer committing my time of work to the Lord for I knew without His divine intervention, there was no way I could get everything accomplished. It was as if a light bulb came on, or a revelation, you might say, and I understood that if I committed my work to the Lord – all of it – that He would put my mind at ease, show me how to get through and keep me in perfect peace all at the same time.
With each chore crossed off my list, I was amazed at how much I was able to do, including other jobs I had somehow forgotten about. I kept the Scripture in mind all during the week and even recited it out loud at times; re-committing everything I was doing to God.
The day my company was to arrive, I took the salt and pepper shakers out of the China cabinet and noticed the salt needing re-filling, but when I tried to open the lid it wouldn’t budge. Normally I might feel agitated, but this time I decided to stay on course and committed it to the Lord, praying, “Father, I even commit this salt shaker to you!” When I tried it again, the shaker opened as easily as if it were new. By then my praises to God were flowing!
These things may sound fanatical to you, but I believe the Lord wants us to commit everything in our lives to Him, even the small things. God loves us and is concerned with what we’re doing, whether it be cleaning a house, opening a salt shaker or preaching a sermon to thousands at an evangelistic meeting! God cares about what we care about.
When I returned to work, a co-worker was overloaded with a large project and had one hour to get it finished and hand delivered so she asked for my help. The job was so large that it looked like at least four people were needed to get it finished. We were almost skeptical that it could even be accomplished in the short time we had. But since we had no choice in the matter, we dug in with both hands. About midstream I remembered that I had not committed the job to the Lord. Once I committed the tedious task to Him, we made the deadline and the documents went out the door and on their way to the person who needed them. As I reflect back, I realize there was no way we could have done the project without the Lord giving us help.
Queen Esther was someone who knew all about committing everything to God. Esther and her people were Jewish and were about to suffer death if something wasn’t done to stop the plans of a man named Hamann. He had plans to overthrow the king but to annihilate the Jewish people. A holocaust had been formed in the mind of this evil man, but God had other ideas.
At the time, it was unlawful for a queen to ask to come into the king’s presence. He had to be the one to summon her. Esther needed help from her husband, King Xerxes, but how could she ask to see him when he might have her put to death? Esther called for every Jew in Susa to fast on her behalf for three days so she would find favor with her husband. She had to find a way to save her people and said, “If I perish, I perish.”
Esther and her people fasted and she committed her mission to the Lord. Esther did find favor with her husband and she and the Jewish people were saved from Hamann’s plot. Instead, Hamann was hanged on the very gallows he built to hang Modecai, Esther’s cousin who had raised her from a child. It was because of Mordecai that the king’s life was spared and he was advanced to royalty and left the king’s court wearing royal garments. Later, Mordecai became next in line to the king. Needless to say, great joy and gladness overcame the Jewish people and much feasting and celebration took place. [See the Book of Esther.]
Committing everything to God was beneficial to saving the lives of God’s people and Hamann’s plans to have them killed proved fruitless. That’s what happens when we commit our plans to God because He will cause matters to work in our favor. When we commit our plans to Him, help will be on the way and our thoughts will be put in order. The Lord can give us ideas on how we can get through whatever situation we’re in. He will not let us down when we place everything into His willing, capable hands.
Perhaps you’re struggling with a personal need and you don’t know what to do about it. Give the need to the Lord today. Commit it to Him so He can take the load from your shoulders and on to His. Somehow the right thoughts will follow on what to do. When you take your need to the Lord, He will surely bring you out.
Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. (Mt. 6:33)
Prayer: Father, I come before you and bless you for who you are and for how you show us many wonderful things. Thank you for helping us realize that as we commit our plans, our work and tasks, you will certainly help us. Thank you for hearing our cries for mercy and helping us with our every need. Help us to continually bring our needs to you because you never let us down. In Jesus’ name. Amen.