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July 16, 1999

Formula for Success

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Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. PROVERBS 16:3
It’s not a money-back guarantee, but the general principle spelled out in this verse is one that we would all do well to practice.
So many times when we’re working on a big project—an expansion of our business, a new joint venture, the development of a revolutionary product, etc.—we get so caught up in projections, schedules, and strategies that we fail to consider what God thinks of what we’re doing. We forget to consult Him every step along the way; instead, we wait until something begins to go wrong to seek His guidance and His blessing.
That’s not the approach we need to take if we want our plans to succeed, however. As this verse indicates, we need to commit every plan—whether it be as significant as a career change or as seemingly minor as when we take our next vacation—to the Lord, not in the middle of it or when we’re almost done, but before we start.
The Hebrew word translated “commit” offers a vivid word picture of how we should handle our plans. The word actually means “roll,” which indicates we should “roll over” our plans to the Lord (see also Psalm 37:5). If we roll them over to Him, the implication is that we are giving up the control. That might not appeal to the micromanagers among us, but it’s actually a rather comforting thought. You see, once our plans are in the safe hands of God, they are far less burdensome to us. If God wants them to succeed, they will; if He doesn’t, they won’t.
Either way, we no longer have to worry about it. We just have to work hard, strive to make wise decisions, and, above all, make sure that we aren’t trying to roll our plans back over into our laps. “Be satisfied with His management of your concerns,” writes one commentator. “Let your heart habitually turn to the throne of grace; so that in a crisis of trouble instant faith, instant—perhaps speechless— prayer, may bring instant composure and courage.”10
Are you the project manager of your life, or have you rolled that responsibility over to God?

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