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)
What will you do when life gets tough? I’m not sure what you’re asking me. When life gets tough, will you trust in me or will you rely on your own understanding? Now, I understand what you’re asking of me. While you are thinking of your answer consider this question as well. Who will you trust in the day in day out, average days of your life? I’m not sure why you are asking me your second question. I understand why you are asking me the first question. On the tough days, you might say that you will trust in me. On the tough days, you might say that you will not rely on your own understanding. It would be easy to answer my first question in that way. Why is that? On the tough days, that are overwhelming, do you really have any choice? When you have nowhere else to turn, it would be obvious that you would turn to me. When you are at the end of your rope of course you will cry out to me. That’s true. Isn’t that a good thing? Yes, that is a good thing. You can always come to me. You can always cry out to me. You can always ask for my help.
There is a lesson that I want you to learn from the tough days of life. There is a lesson I want you to learn from the days when you are completely overwhelmed. What’s that? I want you to come to rely on me on every day. There is not one day that you should be relying on your own understanding. There is not one day that you don’t need my help. There is not one day that you don’t need to listen to my instructions and follow my guidance. Carry the lessons that you have learned from your tough days into your average day in day out days. Don’t ever rely on yourself. Don’t ever lean on your own understanding. Rely on me and I will direct your paths. I will lead you to where I want you to go. I will give you what I want you to do. Will you trust in me rather than lean on your own understanding? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, much of my life I have trusted in my own understanding. As a result, I have walked a crooked path. Instead, I will trust and follow you. You are the leader of my life. Straighten out my path and give me health as I follow you. Amen
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