"In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success."
- Proverbs 3:6 TLB
One of the
first things I learned when I began to get serious about my
relationship with the Lord is that He earnestly desires to be involved
in every aspect of our lives--including our work. No job is too small
or insignificant to pray about. I rejoiced when I discovered Proverbs
3:6 in the Living Bible Translation: "In everything you do, put God
first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success."
Before I tackled a task, I often prayed, "Lord, crown my efforts with
success." Then one day I sensed the Spirit of God telling me, "You're
missing something." As I sought the Lord about it, He revealed to me
that in order for Him to crown my efforts with success, I had to "put
Him first" by asking Him to "direct" them. By doing this, I was putting
the task in His hands, and depending on His wisdom and power to
complete it with success. Now before I begin my work, I often pray,
"Lord, direct my efforts, and crown them with success."
One of the
first scriptural promises that I claim each morning is Proverbs 16:3
(AMP): "Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to
Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and]
so shall your plans be established and succeed." When we commit our
endeavors to the Lord, He begins to work on our thought life. Not only
does He give us creative ideas we never would have thought of on our
own, but He directs us in the paths of "His will"--which is where our
blessings, rewards, and opportunities are. Each time we approach a
task, we have to remember that there's our way of doing it, and there's
God's way. If we humbly and prayerfully give it to God, He becomes
responsible for seeing that it succeeds. If we go ahead with it on our
own, God is not obligated to direct our efforts, or to cause them to
prosper. And this is a recipe for frustration and failure.
"Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him to help you do it and
He will." (Psalm 37:5 TLB) I want you to focus on the words, "trust
Him," in this verse for a moment. No matter what task you may be facing
now, God wants you to approach it in faith. He wants you to give it to
Him, and believe with all your heart that He's going to help you with
it. You can't approach an undertaking with fear and doubt and expect to
achieve the same results that you would if you tackled it in faith. As
the Bible says, without faith it's impossible to please God, and it's
only faith that He rewards. (Hebrews 11:6) Do you want your work to
please God? Then get Him intimately involved with it each and every
time. Before I sat down to write this message, I prayed Deuteronomy
33:11 (NIV): "Bless all [my] skills, O Lord, and be pleased with the
work of [my] hands." Whether I'm using my writing skills, my ministry
skills, my cooking skills, or my driving skills--I depend on the Lord
to bless them and to cause them to succeed for His glory.
God has a
plan for your success in every endeavor you undertake, and you can lay
hold of that plan as you commit your work to Him, and trust Him to
direct your efforts. Large or small, I'm committing all of my tasks to
the Lord. How about you?
Lord, please forgive me for all of the times I've done my work
mindlessly and thoughtlessly, leaving You out of the process entirely.
Teach me how to approach my work in faith and confidence, instead of in
fear and doubt. Thank You that as I put You first in everything I do,
my efforts will be blessed, and You will be glorified.
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