Our theme for this month: “Character and Integrity”
Our Bible verse for today: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Just trust the Lord and keep going.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 is a very reassuring promise from God that can have several applications. For one thing when we’re faced with a decision we must make, if we will do our best to seek His will and to honor Him with our choices then we can trust Him to guide us. Even if we don’t feel as if we have a clear sense of direction, as long as our heart is right we can make our best decision, go forward, and trust that God will guide us as needed. It’s a great promise for decision-making and taking action.
But that promise also applies to the subject we began considering yesterday about how to deal with a problem or situation that can’t be solved and therefore must be managed. This would be a problem or situation (perhaps a health issue that’s long-term or even lifelong), and therefore we have to learn to live with it. In that case you could pray: “Lord, I don’t understand why you have allowed this situation into my life, and I don’t understand why you haven’t taken it away. But I do know that you are good and that your love for me is beyond measure, therefore I trust you completely. So even though I don’t understand, and even though I wish the situation was different, I’m resolved to honor you with the way I deal with it and I will do so for however long it lasts. I ask you to guide me and strengthen me today as I continue to do my best to handle this situation. Amen.”
Christian men and women of strong character and solid integrity just trust the Lord and do the right thing. Day in and day out, for as long as the situation lasts, even if that is a long time, even if it is a lifetime, they trust God and they keep going. This is perseverance in action (James 1:2-5). This is what it looks like to refuse to give-up or to give-in (Galatians 6:9). We resolve and remind ourselves that, “I will not give-up. I will persist and persevere no matter what. I will trust God and do the right thing. I will just keep going.”
I encourage you to hang in there. Persist and persevere. Just trust God and keep doing what needs to be done.