"I know, O Lord, that a man's life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps." - Jeremiah 10:23
What a strong verse! Especially for us here in North America who like to be in control. How many times have you made plans only to have them changed or cancelled all together? I know that my response is often disappointment or anger. I like having my way. And then I read this verse: it's not up to me!
A few thoughts: When I read this verse, there was first conviction and then comfort. I was convicted because when I plan things in my life, I want my way. And yet, when I really think about it, so many things that I have planned, have rarely gone the way I thought they would but when I've put them in God's hands, it's always turned out much better and beyond anything I could have pulled off. The comfort that I feel when reading this verse is knowing that I have a caring and loving Heavenly Father who wants the best for me. When I rest in His hands, there is such a peace there. Then even if things go very differently from what I had l outlined, I have this overall serenity that everything is as it should be.
What a wonderful verse to embrace! Lord, I pray today for my friends and for myself that you would plant this verse deep in our hearts and that we would have full confidence in you and not in ourselves and our abilities. Thank you for the amazing peace this brings knowing that you are fully in control and we don't have to be. Direct our steps, even today, because you know the way that is right for us. Thank you! Amen!