Command your works to the LORD

432 orders your works to the LordA farmer drove his pickup truck on the main road and saw that a hitchhiker was traveling with a heavy backpack. He stopped and offered him a ride, which the hitchhiker gladly accepted. When he had driven for a while, the farmer, glancing in the rearview mirror, noticed that the hitchhiker was curled up in the back of the truck, the heavy rucksack still hanging from his shoulders. The farmer stopped and shouted, "Hey, why do not you take off your backpack and put it on the cot?" "That's okay," the hitchhiker answered. "You do not have to worry about me. Just bring me to my destination and I will be happy ".

How ridiculous that is! But many Christians have that attitude. They are glad to be taken in the "ambulance" that takes them to heaven, but they do not take the load off their shoulders while driving.

This is in contrast to the truth we find in the Bible - and truth will make your burden easy! In Proverbs 16,3, King Solomon once again shows us one of his glittering jewels: "Command your works to the LORD, and your will will succeed." There is more to this verse than the aspiration to be a dutiful Christian. "Befiehl" literally means "roll (up)". It has something to do with letting one thing roll on someone else or roll it away. A report in 1. Moses 29 makes it clear. Jacob came to a well on his way to Paddan-Aram, where he met Rachel. They and others wanted to water their sheep, but a heavy stone covered the opening of the well. Jacob came forward and rolled the stone from the

Opening of the well "(verse 10) and soaked the sheep. The Hebrew word "rolled" at this point is the same word as "command" in Proverbs 16,3. The expression of rolling in the sense of putting a burden on God can also be found in Psalm 37,5 and 55,23. He represents the complete dependence on God. The apostle Peter wrote in similar form: "All your care

throw at him; because he cares for you "(1, Petr 5,7). The Greek word for "toss" essentially means the same as the word "command" in Hebrew, which is also translated as "toss (up)". That is a conscious action on our part. We also find the word "toss" in the account of the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, riding on a donkey

- "and threw their clothes on the filling" (Lk 19,35). Throw everything that worries you on the back of our Lord. He will take care of it, because he cares for you.

Can not you forgive someone? Throw it on God! Are you angry? Throw it on God! Are you scared? Throw these on god! Are you fed up with the injustices in this world? Throw these on god! Are you dealing with a difficult person? Throw the burden on God! Have you been abused? Throw it on God! Are you desperate? Throw it on God! But that's not all. God's invitation to this "throwing on Him" ​​applies without restriction. Solomon wrote that we may throw whatever we do on God. Throw all things at God during your journey through life - all your plans, hopes and dreams. If you throw everything at God, do not just do it mentally. Do it really. Put your thoughts into words. Talk to God. Be specific: "Let your petitions be known to God" (Phil 4,6). Tell him, "I'm worried about ..." "I'm giving it to you. It's yours. I do not know what to do". Prayer establishes a relationship and God desires that we turn to Him. He wants us to share his life with him. He wants to know you through you! God wants to listen to you - what a thought!

The word "command" is sometimes translated as "entrust" in the Old Testament. The Amplified Bible translates Proverbs 16,3 as follows: "Roll [or throw] your works upon the Lord [command them / entrust them to Him wholly]." Whatever it is, entrust it to Him. Roll it on him. Trust God that he will take care of the cause and do what is his will. Leave it to him and stay calm. What will happen in the future? God "will work out your plans". He will shape our desires, our wishes and our plans in such a way that everything is in harmony with his will, and he will put his wishes in our hearts so that they become ours (Ps 37,4).

Take the burden off your shoulders. God invites us to turn everything over to Him. Then you can have confidence and inner peace, your plans, wishes, and concerns will be fulfilled in some way, because they are in accordance with God's wishes. This is an invitation you should not refuse!

by Gordon Green

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