From: Rich Carlson
Date: December 16, 2019
Subject: It's December 16; Good Morning Union

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”         Proverbs 16:3

I decided to wrap up this semester by focusing on another morning devotional technique that has blessed me (and hopefully will do the same to you with the stresses of final exams!) Earlier in the semester I journeyed through Psalms, suggesting an approach to reading them all in a month. Pick the date on the calendar and read that psalm and every 30th one after that. So today I would read Psalm 16, 46, 76, 106, 136.

Another approach is to read the Proverb of the day (31 days in a month; 31 chapters in Proverbs!!) So today I read Proverbs 16. And besides, Proverbs is called the “wisdom book” and we can all use all the wisdom we can get during exams!!

So the proverb that stood out to me in chapter 16 this morning was #3. “Commit,” and “Succeed.” That’s the summary of this very short verse. All I have to do is understand what it means to “commit,” and how to define “succeed!” Committing, from a Christian perspective as I see it, is a conscious act of giving whatever it is that I am committing, to God. Proverbs is full of “committing” statements—“Commit your ways to the Lord,” “Commit your life to the Lord.” The list could go on.

Ellen White says in Steps to Christ, “Commit yourself to God in the morning. Make this your very first work… Lay all your plans at His feet to be given up or carried out as His will indicates.” So committing appears to be consciously submitting myself, or whatever, to God, allowing Him to be the Guide of my life.

When I do this “all my plans will succeed!” Because I am letting HIM lead my life and my plans rather than me trying to do it, I have given HIM the right to determine the direction and destiny of my life and plans. And when He does that, my plans are His plans and His plans always succeed! It’s a pretty good deal I think!

Have a great day discovering the wisdom of God and the success we are guaranteed when we let Him lead,

Pastor Rich


Quote for the day:      “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”


PS        Success on your finals. I’ll be praying for you!