“Commit your actions to the Lord,

    and your plans will succeed.”

Proverbs 16:3

I grew up believing in my teen years that to be doing something for the kingdom of God, required me doing something (and I’m being completely honest here) huge and something that got people’s attention.

I needed to be impacting the thousands and no less. I needed to have a huge platform, and to be ministering publicity on a consistent basis. Boy, was I  wrong.

I look at my life now and realize that I’m still making an impact on this world, and just because it doesn’t look the way I thought it would, doesn’t mean it isn’t as important.

God blesses faithfulness, and if we can’t be faithful in the small things, we definitely won’t be faithful in the big things.

So commit everything you do to the Lord, because it’s important.

From wiping a snotty nose in the nursery class, to picking up kids on your church bus route.

From raising your kids, to taking a lost and struggling young person under your care and guidance.

From worshiping every service with your whole heart, to supporting your pastor.

Whatever this season of your life  requires of you, commit it to God and you will succeed.

God, take what I have today and use it for Your glory. Some days I don’t feel like I have much to offer, but I surrender it all to You today.

“Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed” Psalm 37:3

David wrote so many beautiful psalms, and we can always find something there no matter what circumstances we are in. I have read this Psalm many times, but this week it seemed to jump out at me in a special way. There are four things mentioned in the first part of it, that are the things I thank the Lord for every day.

Verse 3, says we can “trust” in the Lord for our food and shelter. How thankful I am for a comfortable place to live, shelter from the cold, and that there is food in my pantry and refrigerator.

Verse 4 tells us that if we “delight” in Him, he will give us the desires of our heart. Of course, when we delight fully in the Lord, He changes the desires of our hearts, and the things we want are what will be pleasing to Him.

Verse 5 says that if we “commit” our way to Him, He will bring to pass what we desire. Often it seems we pray for the same thing over and over, but we have confidence that in His own good time, He will meet the need.

Verse 7 speaks of the “rest” He gives as we wait patiently on Him. He knows what we need before we even ask, and He works all things together for good. He gives us rest and peace.

Prayer: Thank you Jesus for the way you provide for us, and for the rest you give, as we commit our ways to you, delight in you, and trust you every day.

Devotion by Anne Johnston