“Gentlemen, start your engines!” this traditional phrase is spoken at the start of the Indianapolis 500. I feel a bit like I’m at the start of a race as my fall schedule begins. How about you?
Just two days ago, I had the kick off of my weekly Bible study. My calendar reflects the impending speaking schedule is about to begin in less than a week. Dom, Dom DOM!
Do you feel it? It’s in the air. All around me I feel excitement and curiosity mixed with a pinch of the fear-of–the-unknown with a side of panic. Many of you have sent children off to school or have started back to college yourself or your back to ministries at church.
I feel a sense of excitement of what is ahead but I know new things and busier times of the year can bring with it apprehension and anxiety. I get it, I do! But I say, “No!”
“No,” to anxiety. “No,” to worry or fatigue or restlessness!
I am choosing to believe that what God says in his word as he promises me certain things regarding life in him and about my future:
I was thinking about all I have on the horizon:
- finishing a manuscript for a new book
- future travels and messages to be delivered at events
- completing the demo and remodel of our master bathroom
- filming and recording an on-line course
- painting part of my basement
- moving forward to begin a podcast
- even writing this current blog post
I am needing revelation regarding so many things. I was on a FaceTime call with my precious parents today. We were speaking about upcoming things when I paused and shouted, “I’m looking for revelation!”
My father chuckled leaned forward slightly toward the screen and said, “Get ‘reved’ up! VROOM VROOM”
Get it? REVELATION! As we hung up the call his parting sign off was, “Gentlemen, start your engines!”
I knew he was talking about future plans, the things I am in the process of doing and the things that are about to begin. He was referencing all of it. Yes, I desire to commit ALL OF IT to the LORD. He made me. He has good plans for me. AND good news… He is preparing in advance the things I do.
Let me turn a slight corner here and reference PLANS. I’d like to share a few versions of the same verse: Proverbs 16:3
- Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. NIV
- Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. NLT
- Ask the Lord to bless your plans, and you will be successful in carrying them out. GNT.
There are some really great promises. Here are a few cross references:
- Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. I Peter 5:7
- Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will do it. Psalm 37:5
- Cast your burden upon the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22
- In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6
Isn’t it easy, even in prayer, to speak to God about our plans or about our circumstances? But I believe it’s better to speak to our plans and circumstances about our God. Just flip that whole prayer over and see it through our really BIG God.
Even this morning while I was praying, a situation came to mind which needed to be better aligned to who God is. I flipped the pages of my Bible to Jeremiah 32:17 “Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” I took a deep breath and exhaled with such peace.
Let me give you one more truth from scripture. I hope it helps both of us as we go about doing whatever we’ve got planned because it will require our strength.
Seriously I am a wimp on my own but with God I’m so amazing and I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength. So if you need strength today let me encourage you with this.
For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. 2 Chronicles 16:9a
I’d like to pray for us:
Father, thank you for who you are, righteous, good, our sustainer, way-maker, restorer, provider and deliverer. Your eyes search throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are committed to you. I call to you because we need your strength.
We can cast our cares on you because you care for us. Thank you that nothing is too hard for you. NOTHING! You made the heavens and the earth with your great power and outstretched arm. You’re absolutely amazing! You are so good and so kind. You love first. Thanks for loving us.
I thank you that we can break off anxiety that attempts to creep in, in the name of Jesus. So right now I do that, I break off any anxious thought and replace it with your peace and your rest! You promised to keep us in perfect peace as we trust in you. We recieve your perfect peace.
You said let not your hearts be troubled or afraid because you are with us and you have overcome the world. Thank you. You promise to be with us every moment of every day. We are grateful. You don’t take off on us and you don’t lie. What you say you will do, you will do. All your promises are yes and amen. Thank you Jesus! We stand firmly on your promises.
With all we’ve got going in the upcoming days I commit it all to you. In Jesus name, Amen.
So “Ladies and Gentlemen, Start your engines!”