Author’s Note: If you are looking for the podcast of today’s reading it will be posted later this week.
During this challenging year, we have been doing our best to navigate the many guidelines, restrictions, lockdowns, and unknowns that have defined our new reality.
Sometimes as believers, we think that living the Christian life will be devoid of bumps, rocks, personal injury, and general unpleasantness.
The truth of the matter is we were never promised a sweet ride without problems and challenges into our heavenly mansion.
In Fear Gone Wild, Kayla Stoecklein shares the tragic story of her husband’s path to heaven via depression, burnout, and ultimately death by suicide.
The author of Imprisoned with ISIS shares his heroic path to release and seeing God in fresh new ways while living under the barrage of ISIS radicalism.
Although these stories have different ends; however, the commonality amongst them is their path was not smooth or easy, and yet they followed Jesus through it all.
The author of Proverbs says,
“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.”Proverbs 3:5-6
We were never promised straight and easy. In fact, I’m pretty sure we were never promised either.
However, the key to our paths being straight (or as straight as they can be) is…it’s not about us.
It’s about the Lord.
Trust in the Lord – Not trust in me or trust in government or trust in my employer.
Trust in the Lord – lean on Him. When we lean on ourselves, we fall over. When we lean on the Lord, he is our strength. He is solid. He does not waver.
We must do one thing – submit or acknowledge Him as our Lord and Savior. The only way to a straight path is by accepting Christ.
Without Him, there is no hope.
Without Him, there is no life.
Without Him, we fall over.
The decision is ours – no one other than you can make this decision. The Lord is there and waiting – acknowledge Him today.
Today, may you see our risen Lord in new and fresh ways, and let it give you hope. Lean on Him for He is strong.
Prayer: Lord, we depend too much on ourselves, help me let go and to give it to you. Thank you for your forgiveness, mercy, and grace. Give us a blessed day. Amen!