Wednesday 23 November 2022

Proverbs 3:5-8

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. 7 Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil. 8 Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones.

I recently heard the Archbishop of Sydney – Kanishka Raffel – interviewed. As a young man coming from a Buddhist background and exploring Christianity, he asked a believing friend what it meant to be a Christian. The friend answered, “to give Jesus control of your life”. The answer surprised Kanishka – but eventually contributed to him giving his life to Jesus. Kanishka’s friend captured the essence of these verses from Proverbs – even though they were written well before Jesus came to earth physically.

This has been one of my favourite passages for a long time now. I have seen God work miracles in my life when I have submitted to Him – like getting holiday leave for beach mission when it seemed impossible or changing my work situation – but that still doesn’t mean I always get it right! Have I given Jesus complete control of my life? God wants the whole of my heart, and He wants me to submit my ALL to Him. I have found that I have to search my heart to see what I am holding back. Do I trust Him with work but not family? Or do I trust Him with most of a situation, but still hold something back?

Lord, I give myself to you afresh today. Please help me to trust you totally and submit to you completely. Help me not to be “wise in my own eyes” but to respect you and your ways. Amen

Written by Megan Cornell

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