Commit your work to the LORD,
and your plans will be established.
But we often read the proverb backwards: Commit your plans to the LORD, and your work will be established. We read it as if God promises to be our coach. As if we just need a pep talk and a few pointers.
That’s not it. The promise is so much more than that!
Compare Proverbs 16:3 with Psalm 37:5:
Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him, and he will act.
God is not just offering to coach us. He is offering to take our place.
The literal meaning of commit is to roll. So imagine your work, your way, as one of the Atlas stones from the World’s Strongest Man competitions. You’re not picking it up. All you can do is roll it towards the One who can lift it.
This promise is not for people who think they need help getting to the next level. It is for people who are so weighed down by their current responsibilities, mixed motives, and lack of discipline they can’t even get off the floor.
Nothing is too heavy or hard for him. Commit your life to his care. He can lift it.