This article is by Scotty Smith and published by TGC
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Prov. 3:5-6
Heavenly Father, some decisions we make are 100% personal preference, others merely require “sanctified common sense.” But then there are the life-choices in front of us that tie us in knots, rob us of sleep, and fuel our fears.
Thank you for your promise to “determine our steps” (Prov. 16:9). That doesn’t make us fatalistic robots, but your beloved children. Indeed, life isn’t primarily about making the right decisions, but trusting the right God, and that is you.
Heart-trusting, and honoring you… these must take precedent over leaning on the wobbly scaffolding and limitations of our own understanding. You promise “straight paths,” because we’re going somewhere, not just deciding between doors A, B, and C. Slow us down to be wise, Father. Speak to us through our most Gospel-sane friends.
The best decisions won’t necessarily be pain free, but they will never be grace absent. Help us seek your Son more than we look for signs. Center us, settle us. Keep us in the Gospel-lane, as you take us further down your promised straight paths. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ merciful and mighty name.