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Lean on God

Weekly Devotionals

Lean on God

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight” Proverbs 3:5-6

It’s that time of the year. We look back to reflect and make an assessment of the year gone by.
Did we come at to top? Did we reach our goals? Did the good things outweigh the bad things? We can’t help ourselves. We are reflective beings, and whether we do it intentionally or subconsciously, we place ourselves at that context of output to measure and grade ourselves and our lives. And then we look forward for the year ahead of us, and set goals, make resolutions. And whether we are able to achieve all those things are secondary in nature. The fact is we are built to hope for things, and thus make plans. It keeps us moving with a sense of purpose and direction.

And now, as we enter 2020, we get to do that at a grander scale, reflecting back on the decade past and looking ahead at the decade that is in front of us. How did we live the past 10 years? What were some of the best things that happened? The worst? Am I
better off today vs. 10 years ago? Am I a better person? Did I grow as a person? The questions are too numerous to count. This longer time horizon certainly gives us a even greater perspective as we connect the dots of where we were and where we are now, creating a visible imprint in the canvas of our lives.

In the midst of all this reflection, the wise words of king Solomon are ever more soothing and grounding. He weaves the omniscient authority and grace of God, the fallibility of humans, and the need for humility to understand the difference between the two, in a short and incisive proverb:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight”

Yes, let’s make plans, for God has given us the ability, the free will and the creativity to do so, but in humility let’s acknowledge that at the center of it all, it is a good God, who has full control, who loves us, that directs our lives and our steps. And as we surrender our will to His perfect Will, even the crooked paths, He will make it straight.

Happy 2020!