(Proverbs 16:3 KJV) Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
We are to “commit” (1556) all that we do to the Lord. We should be careful not to make this some kind of ethereal sentiment. This is not fulfilled by sitting in a circle and singing, “I have decided to follow Jesus,...” It is not the idea a being at the roulette wheel and putting it all on number 7. This is a word that seems to have the idea of getting into motion. This is not just an intellectual commitment but a an active commitment. It means to roll. It means to pick a direction and start on it.
Picture being in a news room. Your copy is due at a certain time. You write it up. It is the best you can do. At some point you must forward it to the editor. You “commit” your copy. I like the idea of an editor. If you are doing your work properly there will be no major revisions but usually there will be at least typographical or grammatical corrections to make. You might be told to delete a paragraph or asked for more in an area. Our “works” (4639) are to be placed at His disposal.
Assuming we have been seeking the mind of God and reading our Bibles, we should be close to success when we submit to the Eternal Editor. He takes our “thoughts” (plans NASB) (4284) when they are made under the authority of His will. He then modifies them. He fine tunes them in ways we cannot understand.
When our future is laid out according to His will, it is “established” (3559) or made firm. Since I believe in free will the plans must always be open for amendment. If I am driving from San Diego to Bangor Maine the route given to me on my AAA planner may have to change because of weather or construction, but my destination and purpose remain the same.
So first, do you homework. Read the Bible regularly. Don’t read it like it is a Sunday School contest. Remember those? The one who read the most chapters got a prize. So you read Psalm 117 over and over again. Read slowly and methodically listening to what the Holy Spirit may stir within you. If you get stuck on one verse that day it is better than reading the whole chapter without a flicker.
Then take what you learn and apply it that day. It is not empty knowledge, it is God speaking to you. Listen, learn, live.