Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

Our family bakes a traditional Christmas cake / plum pudding for Christmas every year. This has happened every year for as long as I can remember and we know the ingredients and the method by heart, yet we always take out the old, folded, creased and faded recipe to guide us along, just in case…

In the book of Proverbs, God  reveals a recipe for success. His words are the same as they have always been. Nothing has changed, yet we do need a reminder from time to time as to how we should proceed in our plans and actions.

  •  Trusting with all our heart takes more than making a wish and crossing our fingers. What it boils down to is leaving it all on the line and allowing Him to guide our hearts and thought processes. If we propose to trust Him, then it must be with all our hearts, whether or not the outcome is immediately obvious to us. Trusting takes a lot, but it is vital to our success in Him.  When our hearts are truly committed to finding Him, we will find Him!  (Jeremiah 29: 13)
  • Leaning not to our own understanding can have different interpretations, but the bottom line could be considered as forgetting what we think we know. If we listen to ourselves, we leave no room for Him to act!  Before we take one more step, now may be a good time to check in with Him and pour out our hearts before Him. After all, He is there waiting to hear from us! He knows all our cares and needs, yet He makes Himself available to listen to us. (Jeremiah 29:12) How cool is that?!
  • Submitting in all our ways. All? All. All our hopes, all our dreams, all our plans. All. Everything, even the courses we have already charted for ourselves and those He has placed in our care. At first glance, it looks like a lot, but how much is too much for the One who gave His all for us?  Every bit of everything that makes us who we are needs to be filtered through the light of His love and His good plans for us. He gave His all for us so we could have hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)  Are we ready to trade our plans for His?

When we give Him all that we are and trust Him to direct us instead of following our hearts and doing what we think we know, we place ourselves in a greater position of achieving success by His standards.

 Inventory/Introspection: Am I following the old tried and true Words, or am I going by what I think I know.

 Personal application:  What adjustments do I need to make so that Proverbs 3:5-6 can guide me to what He promises in Jeremiah 29:11-13?

Father, we are so thankful that You never leave us alone, and that You see all our steps even before we make them.

We desire to walk in the path that You have for us, but sometimes our own hearts and ideas get in the way and prevent us from listening to what You have to say. Today we reach for Your words and the path that You have set in it. We declare that You will order our steps, and that we will not step forward unless You lead and guide. You have brought us this far by Your great mercies. We are committed to walking the last mile with You holding our hands. Help us to trust in You, to lean on You and to leave all we have in You so that our lives will truly bring praised and glory to Your name.

Amen.

Blessings,
ann

Toni R
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