Trying to figure it all out on your own?

Are you trying to make sense of what is going on? Are you trying to make it your way? Are you trying to go it alone? Do you think you have it all figured out? Do you know where to turn? Do you know who to ask? Do you know who to trust? Do you know who to lean on? Will you humble yourself enough to let go of your pride and desire to control everything?

Today’s reading speaks an incredible truth to these questions:

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
7 Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
8It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones.

–from Proverbs 3

We need to trust Him! We don’t know it all! We won’t understand it in the moment! So we need to trust Him completely! Lean on God! Lean on God’s Word! Build up your trust and your wisdom through Him and His Word! Don’t allow your one sided understanding keep you from the greater things that are yet to come! Don’t allow your lack of understanding hold you back from doing what He is calling and asking you to do!

So going through a tough time? Acknowledge Him! So going through a good time? Acknowledge Him! So going through a rough time? Acknowledge Him! Don’t be so proud that you don’t! Don’t be so proud that you won’t! Don’t be so bitter that you can’t! His Word tells us that if we will acknowledge Him in all our ways (not the occasional way, all our ways) He will make our path straight! Remember how we want to walk on that straight path! The one that makes it through the narrow gate! The one that leads to everlasting life! So let’s not get so puffed up that we don’t acknowledge Him! Let’s keep from getting so sad that we won’t acknowledge Him! Let’s acknowledge Him in and through it all!

Realize that you don’t see it all! Realize there are things taking place that you aren’t aware of! Realize that there is a process going on! Realize you are going through the process! Realize that in the good and the bad and everywhere in between God is able to use it to accomplish His plan! Remember His plan for you is good! Remember His plan for you is to give you a hope and a future! Remember His plan included sending Jesus so that we could be reconciled back unto Him! Remember His plan shows how much He loves us because Jesus came and gave it all to complete it, even to the point of dying on a cross! So let’s trust God! Let’s honor God! Let’s glorify God! Let’s exalt God! Let’s fear God and do what is right! Let’s resist the devil so that He will flee! Let’s keep ourselves from evil! Let’s turn from it! Let’s flee temptation!

Not because we want to keep ourselves from fun, but rather to keep us healthy and safe! It will keep us healthy and strong! It will build us up rather than tear us down! So let’s step out today walking in trust of God!

Today’s devotional (day 6) speaks about today’s reading too.

Lessons from my GPS

A headline in the April 23, 2012 edition of The Atlantic recently grabbed my attention: 53% of Recent College Grads Are Jobless or Underemployed — How? Think about how alarming that statistic really is — more than half of all college students are graduating only to find there isn’t a job in their chosen field waiting for them. After four years of study, many have to set aside their plans to pursue their dreams, settling instead for flipping hamburgers, selling coffee or sweeping floors.

There’s nothing wrong with those tasks. In fact, I believe much can be learned by engaging in manual labor. Whether you’re reading this as one of those “under- employed” recent college grads or you’re a seasoned professional who has been forced to deliver pizza or stock supermarket shelves, I’m here to tell you that the path you’re on is part of God’s plan for your life. Let me illustrate with a personal example.

When I lost my job as a “big-time” executive, I had to humble myself and take whatever I could find to do just to keep some income coming in. That included freelancing as a locksmith for a very gracious brother from church. My task typically consisted of assisting people who had locked themselves out of their car. One particularly busy day I was on a roll with 14 calls in a 12-hour period. Those calls had me zigzagging from one end of the county to the other to rescue stranded drivers.

I recall thinking about the many times I passed by the same landmarks. I wondered why that person or this person couldn’t have locked themselves out just 40 minutes earlier when I was in their area! I began to retrace my routes in my mind and realized what a maze of turns and curves and overlaps had occurred through- out my travels. It was a MapQuest nightmare!

When I read the words in Proverbs 3:6 about how the Lord “will make your paths straight,” I was reminded of the haphazard route I had to take while working as a locksmith on that crazy, busy day — which, in turn, prompted me to think about my career path. Specifically, I reflected on how often I have worked at a job in which I had no idea how that role would fit into my future. As I reviewed my experiences in light of this verse, I realized that my assortment of jobs was not a maze of uncharted destinations. In fact, every bit of experience I have accumulated, in many different fields, I am using today. I have to believe that every job you have had has helped to mold you too.

You and I are a MapQuest trip “in process.” If you look closely, you can see how the Lord has mapped out your life and how seemingly unrelated job experiences really do fit together to formulate the Lord’s plan for you. The experiences of your life and career actually do make sense — you just might not see the big picture at the moment. Unfortunately, that’s because you and I are not privy to the directions beyond this very minute.

Although we still want to ask when this part of the journey will be over, and we still long to know where we will end up with our career, we can rest assured that God has a perfect plan for us. He will make your paths straight if you trust in him rather than in yourself. Why not take some time right now and look back over your road map? Isn’t it amazing how the Lord has worked, in all things, for your good? If you don’t see the straight road just yet, don’t worry. With his guidance, you will see how the road behind is part of the road ahead.

–from Why Did I Lose My Job If God Loves Me? (Day 6)

Wow! The road that continues, the landmarks, the plan, the purpose, the learnings!

Son/Brother/Grandson/Nephew/Friend — Baker — Waiter — Programmer — Support — Husband — Developer — Dad — Child of God — Intl PM — Camp Counselor — Evangelist — HOA Board– Build — Engineering system — Intl PM — Church Board — Camp Director — …

How about your road? The road behind you! Will it help you trust Him going forward? Do you need to ask Him into your life because you don’t know Him? It makes a difference! I know, it wasn’t till later in life that this aha moment came to me and it has transformed my outlook in the and through the good and the rough times! God never said it would be easy, but He did say He would never leave us nor abandon us! He also said to consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds! He also said that in this world we will have troubles, but not to worry because He has overcome pure joythe world!



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