October 16, 2017

Today you should read: Proverbs 20

There are numerous ways to study the book of Proverbs. Today I want to just focus in on one verse and talk about it.

“A man’s steps are from the Lord; how then can man understand his way?” (v. 24)

Anyone and everyone has a desire to know God’s will for their life. In a positive way, people want to be obedient to the call God has on their life. That’s a great thing, and something that should definitely be considered! But on the other hand, I wonder how much of seeking God’s will simply comes from a desire to have control over the trajectory of your life? Even if in your heart you really want what God wants, desiring God’s will before God is ready to reveal it shows that you want God’s will on your time, not God’s.

Our Proverb today shows us that our steps come from the Lord, which is something meant to comfort. But even though our plans come from a sovereign God, it is difficult for us to understand them. Maybe that means you don’t know why your life is heading in a certain direction;  or maybe it means you are lacking direction completely. What matters is that you trust in the God who is in control, and not only in some ways, but in all.

A really helpful resource about discerning the will of God is Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung. In it he says, “We can stop pleading with God to show us the future, and start living and obeying like we are confident that He holds the future.” The goal is to live from trust in God instead of ourselves.

By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice

Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

One thought on “October 16, 2017”

  1. 21 An inheritance obtained too early in life
    is not a blessing in the end.

    In my early twenties I was associated with someone who seemed to have everything her heart desired. I came to find out she was a “trust baby” who was living off the wealth generated by her grandparents & parents. I’ll have to admit that I was a bit envious of her situation as I was struggling to get my career off the ground and save money to buy a house. That was 33 years ago! Sadly her life has become miserable with a failed marriage and multiple dysfunctional family relationships.

    I’ve come to realize that money can be a blessing if used properly. It can be a curse if used unwisely. True joy can only be found in a relationship with God through Jesus. There is no other way! Thanks for the good word today Graham.

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