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 would my life look like if I was not leaning on my own understanding? What would I be doing differently if I trusted you with all my heart? How do you know when you are leaning on your own understanding? When I try to figure everything out by myself that is a clear indication that I am leaning on my own understanding. What would you do if you decided that you were not going to try to figure everything out by yourself? I would ask you for help. I would ask for your wisdom. I would rely on your guidance. I would meet with you in prayer and listen more attentively to your voice. How would it help you to rely on my insight and guidance? I would not take so many missteps. I would not make so many mistakes. I would not so often go where I should not go or do what I should not do. I would better know your will. I would better walk in your ways. My life would have greater focus and a clearer direction. I would not bounce from one thing to another. I would be more able to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Is that what you want? Yes, in every way I want to live the life that you are calling me to live. That is very good.
So, will you meet with me in prayer? Will you ask for my help? Will you ask for my wisdom? Will you seek my guidance? Before you answer my questions, I want you to consider what answering them affirmatively will require of you. I know the answer to that question. Let me hear your answer. If I am to rely on you and ask for your help, then I will need to let go of my pride. I must not be wise in my own eyes. I must not think that I have the answer to every question. I must not think that I can solve every problem. I must learn to come to rely on you. I must give myself entirely to listening to you. I must learn to trust in you with all my heart. No longer will I rely on myself. That will be very good.
What will happen to you when you trust me with all your heart? I will no longer be in charge. I will allow you to lead my life. I will hear from you as I ask for your help. You will guide me. You will guard me. You will direct me on the path as I follow you. Following you will lead me away from evil. Following you will bring your health and healing and wholeness into my life. No longer, will I live under the anxiety and stress and pressure of trying to rely on myself. I will be able to recognize and acknowledge and give thanks for your activity in my life. Yes, you will. That will be very good.
Lord, often I have tried to figure things out on my own. I have relied on my own understanding. I would like all that to change. Instead, I will prayerfully trust in you with all my heart. Help me to recognize and acknowledge your activity in my life so I can follow you. Amen
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