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)
Opinions, opinions, opinions! Everyone has a thought. Everyone has an idea. Everyone has some counsel. Some even have a word. Some give guidance. Some suggest a direction. Where should I turn? Who should I trust? Who can I rely on? Are you asking me? You have an opinion? Is that what you think I have to offer you? An opinion? Will you consider my thoughts and ways as equal to others? Will you listen to every thought, opinion, and idea and then consider mine? What will you do if you don’t like what you hear? Will choose another’s counsel? Will you accept someone else’s guidance? That doesn’t sound too good. No, it’s not.
I’ve done that, you know. You’ve done what? I listened to every voice but yours. I’ve sought a wide range of opinions until I liked what I heard. Then I have chosen that thought, opinion or idea. That has set my course. That has become my direction. I suppose that is a crystal-clear example of my trusting in my own understanding. Why is that? Obviously, that puts me in charge. My seeking the thoughts, opinions and ideas of others only seems wise. It’s not though. Why is that? In the end, I have only listened to what I have wanted to hear. I have trusted in myself. I have simply relied on my own understanding. That’s true.
Where will you go and what will you do when you rely on your own understanding? I will go where I want to go. I will do what I want to do. How has that worked out for you? Not well. Not well, at all. How so? I have made a thousand mistakes. I have taken a million missteps. That’s all? Probably not. Only you know the true number. But I will tell you one thing. What’s that? I have walked a crooked path. I have wasted time. I have spent energy. I have gone where I should not have gone. I have done what I should not have done. I have had to turn around and retrace my steps. I have had to start over. That sounds exhausting. It is. It is no way to live. No, it’s not.
What do you want to do differently? I want to come to rely on you. I will set aside my own counsel. I will not lean on my own understanding. I will acknowledge that you are the Lord of my life. You have a purpose. You have a plan. You have a direction. You will give me guidance. I can follow your direction. Yes, I do. Yes, I can. Yes, I will. Follow me. I will make your path straight. Yes Lord, I will.
Lord, I’m weary. I’m worn out. I have exhausted myself by listening to every thought, idea and opinion but yours. I have gone where I should not have gone. I have done what I should not have done. I have walked a crooked path. No more! I will follow you. Amen
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