October 9 Straight Paths

Scripture reading: Proverbs 3:1–12

Key verses: Proverbs 3:5–6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;

In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He shall direct your paths.

As we listen for God’s still small voice to direct and guide us, we find Solomon’s words in Proverbs 3 to be especially meaningful.

When we place our trust in the Lord, we essentially lay down our right to attempt what only God can do—determine the destiny of our lives. One of the reasons we struggle greatly at times is that we resist His intervention.

We brush aside His plan for our lives but not without consequence. In doing so, we often settle for second best. For many, it is easy to accept His love, protection, and salvation but difficult to submit to the conditions surrounding His eternal care.

Is there a war raging within you? Do you fight feelings of jealousy, anger, unforgiveness, and pride? These are the signatures of the flesh that are at constant war with God’s principles and standards. They have nothing to do with the moving of His Spirit and everything to do with what keeps you from becoming all He desires.

The principles of God are timeless, and you never outgrow your need for them. Ask the Lord to open the eyes and ears of your heart so you may know His perfect will.

Help me trust and acknowledge You, Lord, rather than lean to my own understanding. Make my paths straight.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 296). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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