Lesson # 32
"Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and your plans will succeed."
If you are a Christian, realize that God has a plan for your life. His plan is for you to prosper and to stay out of harm's way-to give you hope and a future.1 Your current situation may appear disastrous and you may be feeling desperate. However, remember that your problems are not too big for the creator of the universe and no matter what has happened, all things (even unemployment) can be used by God for your benefit.2 If you currently have a job, even one that in your eyes is not very desirable, you should give thanks to God and consider remaining space in your current employment until God opens up another door.3 It may be that God wants you to stay in your situation until He calls you to do something else.4
"For I know the plans I have for you,"
declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not
to harm you,plans to give you hope and a future."
(Jeremiah 29:11) 1
And we know that in all things God works
for the good of those who love him,
who have been called
according to his purpose.
(Romans 8:28) 2
Brothers, each man, as responsible to God,
should remain in the situation God
called him to.
(1 Corinthians 7:24)3
As long as it is day, we must do the work of him
who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.
Whatever your job, work at it with all your heart, as if you were working for the Lord and not for man.5 Remember that there are many different ways that you can serve God.6,7 Try not to compare your job to that of others,8 and take comfort in the fact that all hard work brings a profit.9
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,
as working for the Lord, not for men,
since you know that you will receive an
inheritance from the Lord as a reward.
There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.
(1 Corinthians 12:5)6
There are different kinds of working,
but the same God works all of them in all men.
(1 Corinthians 12:6)7
Each one should test his own actions.
Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing
himself to somebody else,
for each one should carry his own load.
All hard work brings a profit,
but mere talk leads only to poverty.
If you are currently unemployed, try not to become lazy.
10,11 Laziness typically leads to poverty. 12
The fool folds his hands and ruins himself.
Lazy hands make a man poor,
but diligent hands bring wealth.
A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of thehands to rest-
and poverty will come on you like a
bandit and scarcity like an armed man.
Finally, if you are out of work, try not to chase fantasies and "get rich quick" schemes.13 Such schemes often lead to grief, ruin, and destruction.14,15
He who works his land will have abundant food,
but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment.
Some people, eager for money, have wandered
from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
(1 Timothy 6:10)14
People who want to get rich fall into temptation
and a trapand into many foolish and harmful
desires that plungemen into ruin and destruction.
(1 Timothy 6:9)15
Being out of work or not making enough money to support yourself and/or your family can be extremely anxiety provoking. However, God does not want us to live in fear.16-19
Do not let your hearts be troubled
and do not be afraid.
Don't be afraid, just believe.
The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Your Heavenly Father is completely aware of all your needs.20,21 He encourages us to trust in Him22and turn to Him in prayer.23-25 We are to present our requests to Him and find the peace that comes with turning everything over to God.26 Our Lord promises that He will never let the righteous fall,27and that He will provide for our basic needs of food and clothing.21,28If you are unemployed, one of the best things you can do is to totally submit your will, to God's will.29 Stop trying to figure everything out using your own limited brain and reasoning abilities.
So do not worry, saying "What shall we eat?"
or "What shall we drink?" or "What shall we wear?"
For the pagans runafter all these things, and your
heavenly Father knows that you need them.
When I am afraid, I will trust in you.
Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray.
The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
If you believe, you will receive whatever
you ask for in prayer.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything,
by prayer and petition,with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which
transcends all under-standing, will guard your
hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Cast your cares on the Lordand he will sustain you;
he will never let the righteous fall.
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they
neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all
his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Submit yourselves, then, to God.
The situation is probably much bigger and more complicated than your own limited capacity to make sense of things.30-33 Just turn things over to God, let go of all fear and anxiety, and let God help you find your path and direction in life.34 In the final analysis, being unemployed may turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to you. In your weakness,35,36 you may space choose to look to God and His strength,37,38 and seek His will for your life.39,40 In your hopelessness, you may turn to God and find hope.41-43
His wisdom is profound, his power is vast.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
his understanding has no limit.
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord.
Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the
philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish
the wisdom of the world?
(1 Corinthians 1:20)33
Trust in the Lordwith all you heart and lean not on your
own understanding; in all you ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.
For when I am weak, then I am strong.
(2 Corinthians 12:10)35
The Lordupholds all those who fall
and lifts up all who are bowed down.
Look to the Lordand his strength;
seek his face always.
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Finally, remember that God's plan for your life may not be the plan that you have always had in mind.44-46 In fact, this may be the perfect time to turn back to God and seek His will for your life.39 If you are doing what God has chosen for you to do, your plans will always succeed.47
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God;
may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Anyone who is among the living has hope.
Sustain me according to your promise, and I will live;
do not let my hopes be dashed.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace
as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit.
In his heart a man plans his course,
but the Lorddetermines his steps.
Many are the plans in a man's heart,
but it is the Lord'spurpose that prevails.
There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan
that can succeed against the Lord.
Commit to the Lordwhatever you do,
and your plans will succeed.