Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Proverbs 3:5-8 (NIV)
I don’t want to lean on my own understanding. Why is that? I have made so many mistakes. I have taken so many missteps. I can’t tell you how many times I have had to stop and turn around and start all over because I have relied on my own understanding. You don’t need to tell me, I already know. The ways that I have chosen have led me on a zig zag path through life. I have gone from one thing to another. I have stopped. I have started. I have gone left and right. I have been frozen in place. I have raced on ahead. All in all, I have wasted a lot of time. I have burned up a lot of my energy. I have been unproductive and unfruitful. I thought that I was wise. But now, I know that I am not. That’s very good.
What else? Not only have I wasted time and energy. I have filled my life full of worry. If you are the one in charge of your own life, then you have good reason to worry. Why is that? You just told me. Your track record of success when you are under your own leadership is dismal, isn’t it? Yes, it is. Are you ready to give up? Are you ready to accept new leadership? Will you place yourself under new management? Will you follow me to where I lead you? Will you do whatever I ask of you? Yes, I will follow and serve you. My life is in your hands. I will no longer lean on my own understanding. I will place all my trust in you. I will acknowledge your leadership over my life now and forever. That’s very good.
You will also have something new as you follow me to where I lead you and do all that I ask of you. What’s that? You will have my peace and joy and hope and health, all because you will know that I am leading you on a good and straight path. You will know that your life is not a waste. You will know that I am helping you to bear fruit for my kingdom. You will know that you are bringing glory to my name. That is my hope and prayer. That is what I have always wanted. That is what you will have as you follow me.
Lord, so often I have relied on my own understanding rather than placing my trust in you. I have walked a crooked path that zigged and zagged throughout life. Forgive me. Now, I will trust in you, so that you can guide my steps and bring health into my life. Amen
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