God's Guidance and Dependence" - Monday, September 5th

God's Guidance and Dependence" - Monday, September 5th

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will guide your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

Today's thoughts from today's verses:

The second verse and chorus of the great hymn, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms,” provide us with a wonderful look at the life of “dependence on God” we are called to as believers in Christ:

Oh, how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
Leaning, leaning,
Safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

The problem of human beings, if we trace it to its core, is “independence.” The lure of the serpent to Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden was, “you can be like God,” meaning they could go their own way, do their own thing, call the shots, be in charge. This is precisely the choice they made when they disobeyed God and ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. And make no mistake, we have all followed suit, as is clearly stated in Isaiah 53:6, where it says, “All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way.” If “independence” is the core problem of mankind, then embracing “dependence” and forsaking “independence” is the core need of mankind. This is precisely what Christ makes possible through his sacrifice for us on the cross. It also says in Isaiah 53:6, “but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him (Jesus Christ).”

Embracing “dependence” and forsaking “independence” is what today’s Scripture calls us to. When you “trust in the Lord with all your heart” and “in all your ways acknowledge Him,” you are embracing “dependence.” When you “do not lean on your own understanding,” you are forsaking “independence.” The outcome of this dual response to God is: “and “He will guide your paths.” How is that going for you? Is your life all about being guided and directed by God? Our drive for “independence” and our struggle with it, don’t disappear just because we have trusted Christ for the forgiveness of sins. Rather, initial faith in Christ opens the door to the life-time journey of learning how to “lean, lean, lean” of God. This week is all about our becoming ones who are truly guided and directed by God as we walk with Him down the paths of life he has established for us. May God richly bless us as we explore this and respond to Him throughout the coming week.

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Lord, I want to lean, lean, lean on You and not myself. Forgive me for all the wrong leaning I do. The paths of my own choosing have been anything but safe and secure. I give myself to you and your “everlasting arms.” I look forward to the “sweetness” of walking the pilgrim way with you and experiencing the growing “brightness” of going down the paths of your choosing. Lord, I know that with your guidance and direction in my life I will be safe and secure from all alarms as I fully depend on you. Amen!

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