3 Commit your works to the LORD, And your thoughts will be established.
Proverbs 16:3 (NKJV)
The theme here is thoughts. When our thoughts are in order and established, our lives will be the same. When our thoughts are not established, our lives will be in a mess. If you find people who have messed up their lives, you can be sure that their thoughts must have been messed up first. It is totally impossible to mess up your life and have established thoughts at the same time. They are both mutually exclusive.
In the above verse, God is teaching us how to established our thoughts. The answer is in committing our works to the Lord. What does this mean? In short, it means we have to believe that God is in full control over our works. I shall explain in detail.
I have written another article entitled “Greater Is He That Is In You That Is In The World” where I presented my case that God is not in full control over the world. Yet, here in this article, I declare God is in control. Why such a contradiction?
The answer is in the context. First, God was the one who put the law of physics in place that governs our universe. Once it is installed, it can act on its own without God’s intervention. For example, if you pick up a pen and drop it, the pen will fall by itself without asking for God’s permission. The same applies for every physical phenomenon around us. They operate in accordance with the law of physics. Earthquakes happen due to the movement of tectonic plates, not because of governments allowing abortions. God does not control earthquakes. The law of physics does.
Secondly, it is important for us to understand that God did not design us humans as mindless drones who are only capable of obeying all his instructions without question. He gave us something call “free will”. Having free will means we can decide what we want even if what we want is not in accordance with God’s will. We have the ability not to obey God.
The above cases set the context that God does not exercise full control over the events in this world. God does not micro-manage us. God is not in control over how we choose to live our lives.
However, this does not mean he cannot intervene under specific circumstances. The Bible has many stories of God’s direct intervention into people’s lives resulting in supposedly “impossible” things taking place. Such events are often labeled as “miracles”. Miracles are the proof that God can be in control. However, they can only happen under specific conditions.
Therefore, if we want God to be in control in our lives we must create the same conditions for that to happen. The condition is faith. We have to believe. Believe in what? We need to believe that God cares for our work. He wants us to achieve the best we can and receive the best rewards. We need to believe that our God is so obsessed with our welfare and success that he is willing to intervene on our behalf.
In doing so, we are effectively releasing God’s power in our lives. We will not be worried or stressed anymore. We can do our work with joy and confidence that everything will turn out fine. This is what it means by committing our works to the Lord. Our thoughts will be established.
When our thoughts are established, we can come up with great ideas that can make us rich. Our commitment to God can make us rich.