Sunday, August 8, 2010
Roll Them Over
Good Afternoon to All!
Sorry for not showing a post last night. I did post, but I guess I had been on the Internet too long and it started acting up. It wouldn't let me save my post. I typed it the first time, and ended up losing it because my computer froze up, and even though it said it was "saving", when I closed it and re-loaded it, I had lost it. I retyped it and it did the same thing, so I gave up. That is why I am starting early today. Maybe, just maybe I will get to post.
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. (Proverbs 16:3 AMP.) I had never heard it put this way, or remember reading it in this manner, so I looked it up in my KJV, and it is stated this way: Commit thy works unto the Lord and thy thoughts shall be established. (Proverbs 16:3 KJV) Now that one I remembered. It is so strange that the same verse can sound so different in different versions.
If I had read my New King James Version (my reference) first, I would have understood better. It says that : The verb commit ...to is from a word meaning "to roll" . The idea is to "roll your cares onto the Lord." Trusting the Lord with our decisions frees us from preoccupation with our problems. Proverbs 3:5-6 lets us know to "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. The words "trust in the Lord echo the command of Deut. 6:5 to love God with all our being. The verb trust is complemented by the word "lean". Trusting in God is a conscious dependence on God, much like leaning on a tree for support. The idea is reinforced here by the command to acknowledge Him, which means to observe Him and get to know Him in the process of living in doing so , a person finds time and time again that God smoothes out paths.
God wants us to be in an intimate relationship with Him. He wants us to love and trust in Him like no other.
Just think about it. You cannot have a loving relationship without trust. God wants us to "cast all our cares upon Him so that we will be free from worry to seek Him, worship Him and love Him without "things" or problems getting in our way, which would cause us to lose our focus on God. My life is so much better since I "let go and let God"! Now when I have a problem, I go to God and just talk to Him like I would a friend or confidant and say ok God, you say to cast our cares upon you, so here you go! It's all yours! You can handle it better than I can anyway.
If we want to be in an intimate relationship with God and live lives that are truly committed to Him, we have to take everything about ourselves and give it to Him. Not just parts of us but ALL of us! We have to give him our problems, our situations, even our relationships with others. I have found the more "I" try to fix things the worse they become. If I give it to God, then everything works out because God knows me better than I know myself. He knows my strengths and weaknesses. He knows how badly I want to change certain things about myself or my life, but I can't change myself. He has to do it. He has to change me. It takes a while, but when the "light comes on and we realize that it's God's job to change us, and our job just to believe He can and will do it, everything looks so much brighter and better.
Psalm 37:5 says, "Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass" (NKJV). what does it mean to commit our ways to God? It means to "roll" them off of ourselves onto Him. When we roll our problems and human reasoning onto God, which means to trust them completely to Him, then He He changes our thoughts and makes them agree with His will. In other words, His thoughts become our thoughts so that we want what He wants. When that happens, our plans will succeed because they are in complete agreement with God's plans. Release yourself and all your cares today and relax so you can hear God speak to you.
It seems as though the more we call on God for help and depend on Him the better He likes it. Just like our earthly fathers (excluding exceptions) are there for us and like being called on for help, to feel needed, so does God. He is all powerful, all knowing and all seeing, so He knows what is ahead of us when we ask for certain things therefore He is able to give us what is best for us.
As for developing an intimate relationship with Him, casting our cares upon Him, calling upon Him for help and trusting Him are biggies, although they are NOT all that an intimate relationship requires.
More requirements for developing this relationship is reading His Word so that we will know what He expects from us, and how to go about it. Praying and talking to Him are some other ways. Prayers work wonders. Yet I have heard so many people say "I don't know how to pray." There is no set pattern for prayer. Now Jesus did quote the Lord's Prayer as a "template" if you will for praying. This is not to say to pray the Lord's Prayer in place of your own. It is a guide. If you aren't sure how to pray, just talk to Him. A lot of times, I will just start talking to Him like I would a friend. After all, as I said in a previous post, Jesus said He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. With this in mind, just start up a conversation with Him telling Him what you think of Him, and what you need. Always remember to thank Him though because according to His word, anything you ask in His Name (end your prayer with "in Jesus' Name") He will do it. God does not lie, so it will be done.
The more you pray and talk to Him, the more you Read His Word, the closer you will become to Him.
For more insight on an intimate relationship with God, check out my post titled "An Intimate Relationship with God". If you want some insight about Salvation, check out "Salvation or Misconceptions" . You can get to them either by these links or by clicking on the Inspirational Tab on top of my blog. Let me know what you think.
Good night to all and May God Bless!
Title and Amplified Verses were taken from Joyce Meyer's "Hearing GOD Each Morning"
New King James Version Holy Bible
KJV Holy Bible