Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Come Let Us To The Lord Our God"1 (Lyrics)
Proverbs 3:5-8 – Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track. Don't assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! (MSG)
Do you ever feel like you have no idea where you are going? You plan, prioritize, and schedule your activities, but then still wonder, Where am I really going with all of this?
Now, you may be saying, "This is no help at all! I read these devotionals to get help and grow my confidence — not to have someone tell me to doubt myself!" If that's what you are thinking, don't stop reading just yet.
Believe it or not, having no idea where you are going may be the very quality needed to open up a pathway for moving forward. Now take the next couple of minutes and read through Thomas Merton's prayer (maybe a couple of times). As you read and reflect, answer this question:
"What character qualities expressed in this prayer would I like to develop more deeply?"
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
Character Qualities Worth Developing
1. Not knowing opens doors to exploring new possibilities.
2. Not knowing puts us on our knees in dependence on God.
3. Over-confidence of what should happen may block deep change.
4. To please God as our top priority sets us up to perform for an audience of One.
5. It is often darkest before a breakthrough.
6. If we walk with Jesus and fully depend on Him, He promises never to leave us to walk alone.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for always knowing what we need to do and who we need to be. Shine Your guiding light on our paths, and show us the way to live and how to be today and in the days ahead. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.