Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and He will make your paths straight.
Here we are, like it or not, at the beginning of a new year. One filled with hope and promise, and one that cannot predict the outcome of our day to day lives. We find ourselves, as day unfolds upon day, subject to uncertainties, yet praying and eager for the best for ourselves and for those whom we love.
For several years now, I've chosen a word to guide my year. My word for 2019 was "lean," as in "lean not on my own understanding."
And I have to admit, I cannot even begin to count the times I've leaned upon the Lord, and His understanding and knowledge, not mine, as I've traversed this hectic, challenging year filled with loss and grief, gain and joy. Even if I haven't felt that God is with me, I know my feelings count for naught. It is the knowing in my heart of hearts that assures me that in those moments I lean into Him, I'll find the support for which I've prayed.
So, as I revisit these verses from Proverbs that I treasured last year, it's not one word, but two, that stand out in my choice for the New Year: Trust and Submit.
And I realize, in a God-given moment of clarity, that these two meld perfectly together.
When I submit my will to God's, I can trust that His answers and provisions will be firm and true, unwavering and faithful. Our Lord always keeps His promises.
Even when, in our frail human nature, we don't keep ours.
But in this brand new year, my desire is to become more like Jesus. That means I can no longer place myself, my wants, my needs, at the center of the universe.
That center belongs to God alone.
Therefore, in tandem, I submit to the Lord, and trust that His answers will be more than enough for me.
Submit and trust.
What more could God ask of us?
May we all, in 2020, walk in tandem with Jesus.
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