Friday, October 23, 2015
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones." (Proverbs 3:5-8 NLT)
Thoughts for Today
Too often in our Christian life, we are like the child who insists, "I can do it myself." We like to be independent. We like to be in control. Instead of trusting God first in every situation, we go to him as a last resort. Maybe. Sometimes we don't go to him at all.
The one thing we bring to God that pleases him is faith. Even that faith is a gift from him (Ephesians 2:8-9). Faith is the opposite of pride. Pride says, "I don't need you; I can do it alone." But faith raises empty hands to God and trusts that he will do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.
Today's scripture makes it clear. Don't trust your own understanding. Don't be impressed with you own wisdom. Turn to God.
Consider this …
Are you trusting God in your life? Submitting to his plan? His timing? What areas are easy for you to trust him for? Which are more difficult?
Learn to walk in humility, not pride. Learn to walk in God's wisdom, God's strength, and God's love.
But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength. (1 Corinthians 1:24-25 NLT)
Father, thank you for being there for me. Help me trust you more. Help me walk in humility and not pride. I commit to following the path you put before me and depending on you for the journey. In Jesus' name . . .
These thoughts were drawn from …
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