Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. –Proverbs 16:3.
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. Matthew 22:37
But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. Proverbs 3:5-8
Too often people hold on too tightly to material possessions. Those things that may even be expensive, but what value do things really hold if having them causes us to lose our relationship with the Lord? Ask yourself, has the things of this world been allowed to cloud your vision to the heartbeat of God?
I must check myself at times so that I don’t get too caught up in entertainment and the cares of this life, that I forget my ultimate purpose which is to do the will of God.
It’s easy to keep my calendar filled: I can stay busy doing the work that is all important in my eyes, and neglect to build on the rock of my salvation through prayer, and worship. Instead of sitting at his feet and in his presence like Mary did, I can easily develop a Martha spirit of busyness if I don’t “Watch and pray.”
It never fails to amaze me that sometimes fervent prayers go forth for saints who are in desperate need of secure jobs, for example, and then God answers their prayer, only for them to later use the jobs the Lord provided as an excuse to miss church.
Enough about what I have observed about others. What about myself? How do you see me, Lord?
If I want to have my best year in 2015, am I willing to Commit myself and all that I have to you? I don’t take that question lightly. I know what it is like to not be committed to something. I know how lost I felt when my efforts were meaningless and unfruitful because I didn’t saturate my dreams with prayer and fasting. There’s so much that I desire to accomplish in this new year. The past is past, but thankfully you have wiped the slate clean, and my past doesn’t have to determine my future, if I will focus on your will and your way. I know that you have provided for me a lighted path, and it’s only when I look to the left or right that maybe I miss a step. Thank you Lord, for continually guiding me in the direction that you have chosen for me.
I want my thoughts established this year. I want to have confidence in the Lord. There is enough confusion in the world, and all we need to do is read the news to become anxious; but God has promised us that he will establish our thoughts if we commit our works to him. We can have peace even when it seems that everybody is causing chaos around us, because we have our minds set on the Lord.
We must build upon a firm foundation.
“Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise” (Isaiah 60:18).