Daily D – Proverbs 16:3
Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed. PROVERBS 16:3 (NLT)
Put God in charge of your work, then what you’ve planned will take place.
Yesterday we had the privilege of hearing from Tillie Burgin and her son Jim. Tillie is the woman who started Mission Arlington by taking care of one family in need. Today, even in this season of COVID-19, the ministry serves hundreds of people per day. She told us about the pallets of food and beverages grocery stores deliver daily. Every day everything that comes in goes right back out to someone in need. Everyday men, women, and children meet Jesus as they receive compassionate care from the staff at Mission Arlington.
One day they received a refrigerator. Someone came in that day who needed a refrigerator. They received a donation of pasta. Then they received another donation of pasta sauce. Someone came in who was looking for those exact items. They could not help being amused by the kind of pasta it was: angel hair.
This ministry is providing emergency dental care, medical care, durable medical equipment, counseling, support groups, and 364 house churches and congregations. Long before COVID-19 forced congregations into homes and small groups, Mission Arlington was already doing that kind of ministry.
Tillie is older than most people. She works from five to nine. That’s five in the morning to nine at night. She said there has never been a strategic plan or goals involved in the growth of the ministry. Their simple plan has been that whatever God provides through donations or financial support goes right back out to meet the immediate needs of those who seek assistance. Tillie and Jim and their small team walk closely with God and are ready to move with God wherever he leads.
Tillie’s life teaches us that if your plan is to walk with God at every moment, at every moment you will be where God wants you to be, and you will do what God wants you to do, and you will always have what you need to provide for those in need.
“Put God in charge of your work.” Hudson Taylor said, “God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.” Tillie and Mission Arlington are living proof of this truth. The God who owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Ps. 50:10) and the gold in every mine make it clear to us that he will supply all our needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19). As King David said in his most famous psalm, “The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need.”
How successful do you want to be? How successful do you want to be about those things that matter most? Put God in charge of your work.
I will put God in charge of my work.
Our Father, I want to do your will your way. I want to experience success that honors you and serves others. I want to succeed at what matters most. Amen.
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Isaiah 30:18 Therefore the LORD is waiting to show you mercy, and is rising up to show you compassion, for the LORD is a just God. All who wait patiently for him are happy. (CSB)
Matthew 14:29 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter answered him, “command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” And climbing out of the boat, Peter started walking on the water and came toward Jesus. (CSB)
Matthew 14:19, 20 Then he commanded the crowds to sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves and the two fish, looking up to heaven, he blessed them. He broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. Everyone ate and was satisfied. They picked up twelve baskets full of leftover pieces. (CSB)