Tuesday’s Torch 526
March 5, 2019
I have had a lot of struggles over the past year. I’ve had some significant down moments. I have struggled at times to understand why certain things have happened the way they have, what my purpose is and how I could make the righteous desires of my heart a reality. I’m still seeking some of this information. But as I try to figure this out I need to remember the source of truth. Proverbs 3:5-8 says to:
“5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.”
In those verses we see that it is God who will guide our paths and direct us. And we know that God will only direct us in righteousness. How do we obtain that direction, by standing in holy places and seeking it through earnest prayer, pondering and scripture study. None of these sources are enough by themselves. God gives to those who both ask and listen for the answers but also to those who seek the answers in his words, the scriptures.
I have leaned on my own understanding many times. Other times I have pridefully pitted my will in opposition to the Lords will which has led me to make plenty of mistakes and believe me, there are times I feel like a hypocrite but I would be dodging my responsibility to avoid topics just because I have at times been guilty of them myself.
This portion of scripture tells us not to think too highly of ourselves but to fear the Lord and depart from evil. I think of this version of fear as the fear you’d have of a righteous Father here on earth. Where a child is so longing for praise and would never want to do anything to disappoint him. He sees us and knows our actions and we want to make him happy. We will be rewarded greatly.
So exactly what is our benefit and what is our reward from following this counsel to turn from evil and put our trust in the Lord by following his teachings completely? We will receive health to our naval and marrow to our bones. We will be strengthened to be able to withstand all the challenges life throws at us and then ultimately the end result is eternal life, the greatest of blessings. We should never allow ourselves to lose sight of eternity. We don’t even need a bracelet to remind us of what Jesus would do if we make righteous decisions that you’d be proud to stand before your Heavenly Father and make.
There are some aspects of that verse that have special meaning to me that I won’t fully go into but they really caused this group of verses to stand out to me. Some of you will pick those out and others won’t, but my hope is that it gives you reason to read through them and ponder on anything that stands out to you.
It is my prayer that as we seek answers to the questions we have, as we seek guidance on how we are to live and what decisions we are to make. May we seek righteousness, may we avoid evil, may we be granted the gift of discernment to know right from wrong. Always and forever. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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