“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
I meditated long and hard on Proverbs 3:5-6, wondering…how many of us, at some point in our lives wanted someone or something so bad that we were willing to sacrifice everything for it, or for him or her? And, regardless of how much we pour into this thing or that person, It just doesn’t seem to work. I’m sure many of us have been there…If you’re honest with yourself…
Sometimes we talk ourselves into a new truth when God’s truth about someone or something has already been presented to us. What we think we want or need is not always what God wants for us. He already knows the beginning and the end of everything. Thats why we are not to lean to our own understanding. Matthew 6:33 tells us to, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” When we present our plans to God, He will guide us in to His righteousness. Remember, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.”(Matthew 7:13) Oftentimes what we chase after is guided by an easy road which is led by the devil, because he knows it will lead to destruction. He’s just deceiving us by leading us to believe we will be happy by taking this route. Yes, you will experience some pleasure for the moment, but I can tell you from experience, It is short-lived!
Serving God is not always about our personal pleasure. To be a living sacrifice is to suffer sometimes. That is what Jesus Christ did for us, He suffered. He paid the ultimate price for us. Believe it or not, we will have to go without, we simply will not get everything we THINK we want and need. Suffering is for a reason. God led the Israelites to the wilderness for a reason, and that reason was for them to know that God is God. “For I am the Lord, I change not…”(Malachi 3:6)
May God bless you this morning, or evening for my international readers.
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.