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He Will Direct Our Paths

Elisabeth Lough


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Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

- Luke 12:27


The context of this verse is Jesus telling His disciples not to worry about what tomorrow holds. Jesus’ message about not worrying is extremely relevant today since we live in a worry-crippled world. How can we rise above the norm and not worry about the future? We can start by taking one day at a time. When the future is too big for us to comprehend, we can submit to the One Who knows all things, including the future.


I entered 2020 with a lot of worry and fear about the future. I am an upcoming college graduate, and people generally expect seniors to know what their plans for after graduation are. Till about mid-February, I was bothered about the fact that I did not know what my future plans were. I like to know what the future holds so I know what to expect and can prepare myself for it. Not knowing my plans for after graduation scared me to the point that I occasionally had meltdowns. But I found verses about fear and trusting God with the future, and that helped. Eventually my fear and worry passed, and God has slowly been revealing to me what my future will hold.


Indeed, God knows all things. We don’t have to fret about the future because He already knows what it holds. I’ve thought before that perhaps God doesn’t show us His future plans for us because if we knew them all at once (the way we want to), we would be scared out of our wits! And we would think that God was crazy to think that we could do whatever He has planned for us.


Instead, God slowly reveals His plans for us so that we learn to trust Him with our future and so we can embrace what He has in store for us. God doesn’t spring His plans on us like a cruel prankster who unexpectedly dumps ice-cold water on some unsuspecting person. Rather, He often introduces an idea to us and reveals His plans for us slowly. As Psalm 16:11 says, He shows us the paths of our lives. We can trust Him to reveal that path in His perfect timing and way.


How exactly do we do this? How do we “let go and let God”? Proverbs 3:6 gives an answer: “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (KJV). This verse encourages us to bring God into every area of our lives, to incorporate Him into our routines, to acknowledge Him and His authority over our lives.


And He shall direct, or lead, our lives.


We don’t have to try to organize our lives or manipulate circumstances to fit our plans. We can give our lives to God, establish a close relationship with Him, and trust that He will show us the next step in our lives. The child of God has no need to worry about the future because God already knows it, and that should be sufficient for us.


Reflection

1. How can I trust God with my future today?

2. In what ways can I acknowledge God in my everyday life?


Prayer

Dear God, I thank You that You know all things. Even though I don’t know yet what You have in store for me, I don’t have to worry about my future. I do know that because You have a plan for my life, I don’t have to worry about tomorrow. I can trust You and Your plans for me. So Father, help me today to commit my future to You, to trust You with tomorrow, and to rest in the knowledge that You have a wonderful plan for my life. I love You, Lord, and in Your Name I pray, amen.



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