Christians are expected to succeed.
The scripture confirms that not only does the Lord expect us to succeed, he will personally get involved in our affairs and ensure that we succeed.
Proverbs 16:3 says “commit your actions to the Lord and your plans will succeed.”
That seems like a very simple thing to do. But, it is more easily said than done. This inability to completely trust God to handle the things that are important to us is the pivotal place at which we often come up short and find ourselves managing failed plans and deep disappointment.
To submit your plans to the Lord requires a total release of the matter to the point that the very desire and plan of your heart are voluntarily placed not only in the Lord’s hands, but also beneath His desire and plan regarding the matter at hand.
Gideon is a good example of one who committed his plans to the Lord and in the end, was rewarded with good success.
In Judges 6, we find the story of God’s own people on the brink of starvation and destruction. They were in this predicament because they had not obeyed the commands and directions from the Lord. However, the scripture says that they cried out to the Lord, and he sent help (Gideon).
The angel called Gideon a hero.
Obviously, he had been successful in battle before. He did what he knew to do, and called upon others to help him, and amassed an army of 32,000 soldier.
In chapter 7, the story details how and why, at the time of battle, the Lord reduced Gideon’s army from 32,000 to 300.
The Lord told Gideon that if the battle was won with a large army, the people would think that they had conquered their adversary by their own strength. Only with the help of the Lord can we be successful.
Though Gideon was a hero and proven leader in times of war, he quickly submitted to God’s plan and allowed him to navigate his actions in the battle.
This confirms that Gideon was totally dependent upon the Lord to make him successful. When we, like the Israelites, realize that we cannot generate success for ourselves, we call on the Lord to take what he has given us and then operate through it on our behalf. The Lord sent Gideon into the battle with 300 men.
He in turn used those 300 soldiers to break clay jars and send up a shout that caused confusion in the camp of their adversary so much so that they ran away.
As Christians, the Lord our God is in the battle with us. And, if we submit our plans and ways to him, he will order our steps in such a way that we will succeed without suffering harm or loss in the process.