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Sep 28, 2017

So often when we make plans, we do it from our own human desires. We set goals about our future where we want to be in five years or what size or type of house we expect or what car we want to drive. We buy organizers, diaries and notebooks to help us see the goals in writing and jog our minds and bodies into action- assuming we can find the planner when we need it.
Some of us make New Year resolutions that we will go on diet, save money systematically, and have a new loving attitude towards people around us. In general these ideas for our future have little to do with our spiritual matters. At the end of the year we discover that we have gain weight, did not save a dime, and still cannot stand a lot of people. Why bother with the goals when so often, they just do not work out.
To commit your plans according to Merriam Webster dictionary means to put into charge or trust; entrust. The Bible says in Proverbs 16:3, “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 ways to God we are affirming our loyalty and trust to Him; sign of allegiance.
The Bible may not be a straight text on organizational strategy, but it does tell us to count the cost before building and to do all things decently and in order. Moreover, the word from God is to bring your ideas to Him first before you get involved in questionable ventures
Frequently, we see Christians get into some kind of business trouble. What happens is that an idea for a new venture would seem attractive, and the person who is impulsive, go for it without seeking counsel or advice. In fact, the more risky the opportunity is, the less likely such people ask for counsel. They know sensible friends will say no, so they do not ask.
There is a case in mind. It all started when one Mr. Vincent was convinced by a friend that was into a multilevel business that he could quickly make a fortune if he got in quickly. The company was going to make vitamin products and an amazing pill that would cause people to lose weight without dieting. Each of the lucky participants had a chance to sign up quickly, buy products at discount, and get their friends involved.
Mr. Vincent being an outgoing person has so many friends; he knew a lot of people that he could move this business off the ground in a hurry. His wife, Kate, who is an introvert, tried to discourage him, but he told her she was always a wet blanket, even when she requested that they should take some time to pray, he refused. Mr. Vincent would set up meetings in their home, and the wife will reluctantly host them. In the process, Mr. Vincent neglected his real estate business, and soon, no money was coming in. the friends who said they would sign up did not share his enthusiasm, and a few put their hearts into the business as he had hoped. More than that, no one lost weight on taking the pill, and one had an allergic reaction and told others not to try it. Before long, Mr. Vincent was broke and angry while the wife was depressed. They were both upset.
The Lord does not always bless the businesses belonging to Christians’ just because they jumped into them. We are to bring our prospect to the Lord and seek His will. Anytime someone wants to get involved in some opportunity where you must leap in immediately, be immediately suspicious and check it out. If it is a good deal today, it will be a good idea tomorrow.
The Lord does not bless us when we enter into something without committing it to Him. As Proverbs 3:6 puts it “In all thy ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain thy paths”.
If we look back at some of our business mistakes, we will see that we had not acknowledged God, more or less to commit our businesses to Him. Even when God had warned us, we were too desperate to listen to our intuitions; we did it anyway, ignoring God’s objections.
How much we learned the hard way, and how much we want to be saved from failure! “Commit to the Lord whatever you do(take time, pray about it, seek advice, and agree with God, if you are married, agree with your partner on it as well), and then (when you have done it decently and in order) you will have a better hope that it will succeed.”
Do you pray about the matter first, seek godly counsel, and then make a decision? Or do you plan things out and then ask the Lord to bless the matter you have placed before Him? God tells us that when we commit our plans to Him, we will succeed. This means that we should not jump into opportunities that we have not prayed about.
What decision do you have before you right now? Are you thinking of career or business change? Seeking a life partner or a new house? Have you brought the matter to the Lord in serious prayer? Do not hesitate to commit all your plans, dreams and wishes to God, even the minutest of them all. When you acknowledge and commit all to God He will opens doors you that could never open yourself. His plan for you will succeed.
Advisedly, let us not continue to make mistakes by completely depending on human decisions, ignoring God’s decision. We should learn to wait for God to show us the right path to take, as His ways brings peace into our hearts. Most importantly, decide today like Job in the Bible to trust God, as in Job 5:8, “As for me, I would seek God and inquire of and require Him, and to God would I commit my cause”.

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