Shaped by God
Friday, April 7
Steve Seibert, member of RPC since 2008
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)
Lent is a great time to examine our walk with Christ and reflect on how we are being shaped by God. We often come to crossroads in our life about making difficult decisions regarding job opportunities, which college to attend, and so many other "life changing decisions". I certainly struggle with trying to know God's will regarding these situations.
Our family faced a difficult decision over nine years ago, about whether to leave a comfortable life in Decatur, Alabama for a move to the metro Atlanta area with new jobs and schools and all the unknowns involved with moving to a new area. Uprooting a family is never an easy decision; this was certainly a time of much prayer and Proverbs 3:5-6 became very real. We eventually decided to move and as I look back on that move, I do see how God has shaped us to deepen our faith and increase our trust in the Lord.
While knowing God's will in our life is important, albeit very difficult to discern at times, maybe the condition of our heart (and motivation) is even more important? I believe God will guide us through these difficult decisions if we truly put our trust in him with an open heart to let God work in our lives. We still need to do our part with preparing ourselves to make difficult decisions, and then after making the decision, fully trust God to lead the way. I think of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane struggling with his impending crucifixion, and yet maintaining a heart condition to let God complete the work for our salvation. During this Lenten season, what is our heart condition?
Heavenly Father, we are thankful for your guidance in our lives and providing us with the assurance that you are always with us. Amen.
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