How do you know where to go? How do you know which way to go? How do you know if your plans will work out? Do you acknowledge God? Do you make plans in your heart? Will you allow God to make your path straight? Will you allow God to direct your steps? What is going to be your motivation? What is going to be your purpose? You were created on purpose, with purpose, for a purpose! So will you take hold of it?
Today’s reading comes to us from Proverbs 3…
Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart
1 My son, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments,
2 for length of days and years of life
and peace they will add to you.
3 Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 So you will find favor and good success
in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In 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.
8 It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones.
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth
and with the firstfruits of all your produce;
10 then your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will be bursting with wine.
11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline
or be weary of his reproof,
12 for the Lord reproves him whom he loves,
as a father the son in whom he delights.
Blessed Is the One Who Finds Wisdom
13 Blessed is the one who finds wisdom,
and the one who gets understanding,
14 for the gain from her is better than gain from silver
and her profit better than gold.
15 She is more precious than jewels,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;
those who hold her fast are called blessed.
19 The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;
by understanding he established the heavens;
20 by his knowledge the deeps broke open,
and the clouds drop down the dew.
21 My son, do not lose sight of these—
keep sound wisdom and discretion,
22 and they will be life for your soul
and adornment for your neck.
23 Then you will walk on your way securely,
and your foot will not stumble.
24 If you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25 Do not be afraid of sudden terror
or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes,
26 for the Lord will be your confidence
and will keep your foot from being caught.
27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power to do it.
28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again,
tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.
29 Do not plan evil against your neighbor,
who dwells trustingly beside you.
30 Do not contend with a man for no reason,
when he has done you no harm.
31 Do not envy a man of violence
and do not choose any of his ways,
32 for the devious person is an abomination to the Lord,
but the upright are in his confidence.
33 The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked,
but he blesses the dwelling of the righteous.
34 Toward the scorners he is scornful,
but to the humble he gives favor.
35 The wise will inherit honor,
but fools get disgrace.
–from Proverbs 3
Take hold of what God’s Word speaks today in order that your life may go well. Will we face troubles? Yes, Jesus tells us that “in this world we will have troubles” but He also continues when He says “take heart for I have overcome the world“. Let’s walk out this life with God rather than apart from God! Let’s take hold of His promises so that when we face trials of many kinds, we can consider it pure joy! And we can grab onto the truth of God’s Word from James 1:2-4 which says…
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
–from James 1:2-4
Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on scientific discovery brings us the topic of George Washington Carver the botanist and inventor. Today’s devotional shares the story of how George Washington Carver was born a slave but rose to prominence as a scientist, botanist, and investor. We learn that he graduated from Iowa Agriculture College and then became head of the agricultural department at Booker T. Washington’s Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. We also learn how the bible was a valuable guide to the natural world. We learn this was the case to the point where he called his laboratory “God’s little workshop”. The Bible was so important that he taught a Sunday evening Bible calss. He believed that the Bible was the key to his success. We learn that from today’s reading we find his favorite verse…
‘ In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.’ — Proverbs 3:6
We read in the closing of today’s devotional how his contribution to sustainable farming still influences agriculture today with his vision and purpose to help African American farmers by exploring the mysteries of God’s universe through science.
So how about you? Are you interested in letting God be the center? letting God be the oen to lead and guide your steps? letting God be the one to make your path straight? leaning on God’s Word rather than your own understanding?
For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.
I thank You Lord for this new day and for everything that will be in it. I thank You Lord that You have blessed me to be able to serve others. I thank You Lord for teaching me through Jesus that I can lead by serving. I thank You Lord for teaching me through Jesus that I can lead by sacrificing. Help me to live out my life Lord in alignment with Your will, Your purpose, and Your plans for me. Help me to live my life in a way that will give You praise, honor, and glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.