“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 make straight your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
Trouble in our lives has a powerful ability to simplify our focus. For the last few weeks as my family has endured tragedy, fear, pain, anxiety and loss of control I have found that I am drawn back to some of the basic bible truths which helped to shape me as a new Christian. It seems that we outgrow these verses as they become so familiar to us. We forget some foundational elements to our faith and, when trouble finds us, we may discover that we’ve not been walking as securely as we presumed. King David made the following confession:
“Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word….It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.” – Psalm 119:67,71
The man after God’s own heart declared that he needed a little trouble in his life to clarify his life-path. I’m not sure any of us should presume that we are exempt from this part of life under the sun. A little trouble is a good teacher. Are you still showing up for class?
We are all back home under one roof this morning. That was a goal we had a few weeks ago and it has now become reality. There are many other steps along the road to full recovery and I’m glad that I’m not out in front. It’s good to be a follower – eyes trained on the sometimes-silent Shepherd. He’s teaching me not to need explanations but, rather, to treasure His promises. We can do that today as He leads us.
So can you.
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