“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans” (Proverbs 16:3, NIV).
God knows that in everything I yearn to be in His will. He also knows that in any decision I make that I will seek His perfect will. He knows that I will surrender all of my body, soul, and spirit so that my decision will fall into the realm of His purpose. With a desire to be in His perfect will, I move forward. And then—without warning—I fail.
Often when I fail I forget that don't “own” that failure. It belongs to Him. Everything that I am belongs to Him, so my failure also belongs to Him. But I can’t own that failure. I can’t keep it festering and hurting inside my heart until all since of worth is destroyed. I make that failure an offering so that I can learn from my mistake and not dwell on it. The “what ifs” that I ask will only bind me to failure. He understands where my failure began, and He alone can make it right. Because I love Him and my heart longs to follow only His will, He takes my failure and reclaims me. He is my Lord, and I will rejoice in His promise of restoration. I can move forward from my failure trusting He will guide me. I will seek His will in every decision I make, and if my decision is not in His will, I know He will change it.
I rejoice because I don't own His plan, and I don't own my failure! His plan is greater than any failure that I might make. Today I step forward from doubt caused by failure, and move forward in faith in Him. I commit to Him whatever I do. I make my life and my plan an offering. He will make all right as He wishes. One step at a time, obediently rendered, brings His greatest fulfillment.
Lynn Hampton Lacher