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Commit Your Acts to God

and He will establish your thoughts...

Proverbs 16:3

Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
(Proverbs 16:3 KJV)

In this verse, the word "commit" (gol) comes from the Hebrew root galal, which could be rendered as "roll away" or "heap" (gal means a heap or pile of stones). The LORD spoke this word when He said to Joshua, "This day have I rolled away (galal) the reproach of Egypt from off you" (Josh. 5:9) and named the place "Gilgal," a word-play meaning a wheel or "rolling away." In love God "rolls away" the reproach of our sin.

Galal can also mean to trust or to commit, with the connotation of "rolling one's trouble" away from oneself upon someone else who can help. Thus the Messiah entrusted (galal) His suffering unto the LORD (Psalm 22:8), and we are likewise encouraged to "commit" (galal) our way unto the LORD (Psalm 37:5). We "roll away" the various deeds that compose our daily lives unto the Lord.

Yes, by the love of God our reproach is rolled away, but we must respond by rolling our cares upon Him in genuine trust (1 Peter 5:7).


When we trust in His love, when we "roll away" the burden of our lives to His care, our thoughts will be "established" and we can freely enjoy the confidence that God Himself is directing our way (Psalm 37:23; Psalm 90:17; Proverbs 16:9). We can then experience genuine rest and shalom, despite the tumult of the world and its tribulations.

As the Lord Jesus cries, "Come unto Me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matt. 11:28), so may we come, rolling away our burdens unto Him, and having our way established in His shalom. Amen.

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