posted on March 17, 2011 06:56
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
Dear Jesus, as this day begins, many of us are facing big decisions. We need the wisdom, guidance and peace you alone can give. It’s a joy to come before your throne of grace confident of your audience, grateful for your advocacy, and resting in your authority.
Indeed, Jesus, you’re an engaged Shepherd not an absentee landlord. Even as we make plans in our hearts, you are actively ordering our steps (Proverbs 16:9). O, the freedom and peace this brings. You are the Lord who “opens doors no one can shut” (Revelation 3:8). And the converse is just as true; you also shut doors no one can open. Our future isn’t tied to making the right decisions but with trusting the right Lord.
Because of your great love for us in the gospel, we’re learning to trust you with all the stuff in our hearts—with our longings, fears, hurts and dreams. To acknowledge you in all of our ways isn’t to make you Lord, but to recognize and to rest in your Lordship. We can no more make you Lord of something than we can make water wet or chocolate good. You are who you are, Jesus. Hallelujah! So in surrender to the occupied throne of heaven, we anticipate straight paths as we move ahead into these difficult decisions.
For those of us dealing with job changes, financial stresses and health issues, show yourself to be both merciful and mighty, Jesus. May your mercy keep us gentle and your might trump our impatience. For those of us having to make important decisions for the people we love, be huge and present. Long term care for aging parents; the “right” education for our kids; the best treatment for family members and friends in the destructive whirlwind of addictions, make the way clear, Lord. As Prince of Peace, give us your peace as we wait upon you.
Jesus, write stories of redemption in these coming days that will reveal your glory, showcase your grace and leave us reveling in your goodness and timing. So very Amen, we pray, in your trustworthy and beautiful name.