Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of his covenant. Psalm 25:8-10 (NIV)
I want to know your will. I want to walk in your ways. I want to live in an intimate relationship with you. In the past, I know that I have been strong willed, independent and self-sufficient. I have thought that I needed no guidance and instruction. I was quite sure that I knew all that I needed to know. I was positive of where I would go and what I would do. I was absolutely filled to the brim with my own pride. I was full of myself. No one could teach me. No one could guide me. I did not have a humble heart. I did not have a listening ear. So, I went and did my own thing. I walked on my own path and went my own way. How did that work out for you? Following my own counsel and walking on my own path did not work out well for me. I got lost along the way. I thought what I should not have thought. I said what I should not have said. I went where I should not have gone. I did want I should not have done. In every way, my life was a mess. I was weary and worn out. I was bruised and battered and broken by all my poor thoughts, words, and deeds. My life was like a barren wasteland of unfruitfulness. I felt empty and without hope in the world. Yes, you were.
You learned a valuable lesson along the way. Yes, I did. What valuable lesson did your pride filled life teach you? I learned that I need all the help that I can get. I don’t know it all. I don’t have all I need. I don’t know where to go and what to do. I need your wise counsel. I need all your instruction. I need you to lead and guide me along the path of life that you have laid out for me. What do you want to say to me? I want to ask your forgiveness for my prideful independence. You are forgiven. What do you now want to do differently? I want to humbly rely on you. I will trust you to teach and guide me through life. I will follow you to where you lead me to do whatever you ask of me. I will follow and obey you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. That will be very good. I will teach you to know my will and walk in my ways.
Lord, I have been proud and unteachable. I thought that I knew it all. My stubbornness has been a sin. I have headed in the wrong direction and no one including you could guide me. No more, I will humbly accept all your guidance. Amen
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