Depend On God!
Have you ever wondered, as I have, what we are doing here? I mean, ask yourself, what purpose is there to life? What in the world did God have in his mind when he created you and me? Well, let’s read the following “job description”. It explains, in black and white, what God wants me to do with the life he has given me:
“My son, forget not my law or teachings, but let your heart keep my commandments. For length of days, and years of life worth living and tranquility, that is inward and outward and continuing through old age ‘till death, these shall they add to you. Let not mercy and kindness, shutting out all hatred and selfishness, and truth, shutting out all deliberate hypocrisy or falsehood, forsake you. Bind them about your neck/ write them upon the tablet of your heart. So shall you find favor, good understanding and high esteem in the sight, or judgment, of God and man? Lean on, trust and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind, and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize and acknowledge Him, and he will direct and make straight and plain your paths. Be not wise in our own eyes, reverently fear and worship the Lord, and turn entirely away from evil. It shall be health to your nerves and sinews, and marrow and moistening to your bones. Honor the Lord with your capital and sufficiency from righteous labors, and with the first fruits of all your income.” (Proverbs3: 1-9).
I don’t know about you, but I find that I have to read and re-read those words of wisdom many, many times in order to have them take root in my heart and then bear fruit in my thoughts and activities each day.
Sadly, my natural inclination is to forget and go ahead and do my own thing, in my own way and then say to God: “Look what I did Lord, is that OK with you?” In short, that is putting the cart before the horse. The only right way to do anything in his life is to pray, get God’s permission first, that is before, not after the fact.
So, what I’ve learned to do – most of the time – is: pray, ask God to direct me His way each day, and then to make it my practice to always remember to – depend on God.
Terry L. Weber