Proverbs 3:5-6

We are taking a break from our study of the book of Mark for the next few weeks, however, devotionals will continue each day until we resume our study of Mark in August.

 

The Courage to Trust

 

Read:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5–6

 

Reflect:

At certain points in life we come face-to-face with the reality that we can’t do this journey on our own. Each of these moments can be a thing of beauty as we place everything at God’s feet, receive His peace, and hear God’s promise afresh: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart . . . and He shall direct your paths.”

Embracing this promise takes both trust and courage. The two are inseparable. Trust is the choice to believe that God loves us and is committed to guiding us according to His perfect will. Courage is the decision to then do what God reveals is best for us. It takes courage to stop leaning on our own understanding. Trust asks us to stop pursuing our dreams and goals, to stop depending on our own ability, and to follow God’s direction instead of our own.

Trust and courage are required if we are to say no to our predictable habits and limited understanding. Trust asks us to risk a journey into the unknown, into areas we’ve not walked, on unfamiliar paths beyond our comfort zone. We need to remind ourselves that we can safely choose—day by day, moment by moment—to trust God with all of our ways, because the promise is certain: He will direct our path.

 

Respond:

Heavenly Father, as I stand on the edge of the unknown, I long to trust You. Enable me to lean the full weight of my life on Your ability to guide my steps.