Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson
"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."
Have you ever been lost? I have. Not just once, but several times. I have been lost on a hunting trip, making the wrong turn on a highway and a few other times I will not go into detail to explain.
Now it is not as if I lack a sense of direction. I was able to find the headstones of my grandparents that I had not visited since I was a boy of about eight. I could find our old family home when even my dad and brother could not locate it after a freeway had dissected the area and things were much different.
I can recall having a part-time job during my high school years. It was for a dairy, and sometimes involved delivering milk door-to-door on an unfamiliar route. The way I could do it was by a direction code. Turn left was coded TL. Turn right was coded TR. If you are going to cross intersection(s) without turning you would code it with the number of streets and an X. I still use that code from time to time.
Do you know what strikes me at this moment? Without the route book I would have been in an impossible situation. It told me how to get to a particular customer and what they had ordered. The same concept is true concerning our spiritual life. God’s Word is our “order book” to give us direction and what to do when we get there. Brilliant!
Most of our problems arise when we fail to read the directions or when we do our own thing when we get God’s order wrong. STOP! Be honest and admit how many times you have failed to consult God and His Word before you acted?
When you found yourself lost and undone did you blame God for the mess you found yourself in? It’s getting uncomfortable isn’t it? Just remember that this is directed at me just as much (possibly more) than you.
So what are we expected to do? Just read and re-read today’s Scripture. There are several key steps that instruct us: We are to “TRUST God with all of our heart.” We are not to “lean on our own UNDERSTANDING” “In all of our ways we are to “ACKNOWLEDGE Him!” I love the promise God gives when we do this: HE WILL MAKE OUR PATHS STRAIGHT!
Solomon gives us three final words of admonition: “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.” In reply to the question and theme of today’s E-Votional: “WHICH WAY?” the question seems very clear: GOD’S WAY!!
Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!
- - - Pastor Cecil
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