Hope you are all doing well and hanging tight during quarantine. This devo will be a time for you to meditate and reflect on God’s Word.
Pray to begin! If you feel anxious/stressed, give them up to God and put any distractions aside. Ask God to speak to you today.
3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.
5Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.
8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
9 Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
Take time to reflect on these words. Read and reread. Let each word carry weight and importance. What stands out to you? What is God trying to say to you?
Some questions that may help guide your thoughts. If it helps, type up your answers or jot them down in a notebook.
- How do you display love and faithfulness?
- When was the last time you trusted in the Lord? When was the last time you trusted in yourself rather than God?
- What are areas you may need to submit to God?
- What sins in your life do you need to shun and extract out of your life?
- What steps can you take to honor and fear the Lord?
Once you’re done with this, you can end in prayer and stop here! If you’ve skimmed over it, I encourage you to go back and take your time with it! Everything after this is optional so don’t feel like you have to get through all of this devo. It is your personal time with God. I wanted it to be less focused on you just trying to read what I have to say.
If you have time and want to read on, here’s a short testimony of where I’m at and how God is speaking to me, especially through these verses.
If you don’t know me, I’m 21 years old, a senior in college, and soon enough, I’m going to step foot into the “real world” of uncertainties. I’m scared! I had an internship over this past summer and when that ended, they offered me a full-time position for after I graduate. Mom and dad, I DID IT. Each year starting from beginning of high school till now, persevering through the Computer Science track, having multiple summer internships, all my hard work and time spent is paying off. Security!! Future set!!
So this deadline to accept the offer was approaching (they only gave me a month) and I figured it wouldn’t be a tough decision. This is what I had been preparing my life for: Computer Science. But the closer it got to the deadline, the more unsure I was with where God is leading me. I kept waiting and waiting, hoping to hear from God, hoping for some guidance because I wasn’t sure whether I was ready to commit and click one button that would affect the next three years of my life (it was a three-year offer).
I had a lot of doubts all centered around one thing: I know my purpose in life is to glorify God. How can I glorify God in Computer Science? It’s something I can do, but is not something I’m passionate about. I don’t want to choose it just for financial stability and security. What if God has better in plan for me? What if I can do what I think I’m actually passionate about, which is making an impact on people’s personal lives or reaching out to people who are hungry for God? But what would that even look like? I guess that means I want to glorify God in a more direct way where I can see fruit from my work. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t find ways to glorify God in a less direct way such as through working with coworkers in the tech field or honoring God with my wealth. So, I was at a loss with what to decide. I didn’t want to make a wrong decision.
I like this analogy that my campus ministry pastor shared with me when I explained to him my struggle: “A boat that is not moving is a lot harder to turn than a boat that is currently in motion. You can’t turn the boat while the boat is still. But if the boat is moving, the rudder will make it easier to steer and guide where to go.”
I had put so much pressure into trying to figure out my life with this one decision. I thought I wouldn’t make God happy if I made a wrong decision. But why was I trying to turn the boat and shift my life while I was at a standstill? Why couldn’t I trust that if God has somewhere in mind for me, whether that be Computer Science or something completely different, he will gradually pave the way for me? I was really just trying to worry myself. Although it isn’t bad to think thoroughly before making big decisions, it isn’t good when it overcomes your thoughts and when you lose trust in God. I ended up accepting the offer! I’m putting my trust in God that He has been preparing me and He will continue to steer me in the right direction. A burden feels lifted off my shoulders and I’m comforted knowing that God is the one leading me.
“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.” God, I trust that you are in control, that You know what You are doing, and that you’ve paved my life to this point for a reason. God, forgive me. I’m sorry for trying to lean on my own understanding of how my life should go. I’m sorry for putting so much pressure on myself when I should have been trusting in You. I surrender it all to You. Even when my decisions are mine to make, I trust that wherever I am, You are the rudder that is steering me on a straight path in the direction You want me to be. Along this path, God I pray for love and faithfulness to abide in my heart. I pray I can learn to love with Your love those You place in my life. I pray I remain faithful to You no matter how difficult the work to glorify You may be, whether or not I see fruit from my works. God, thank you for Your many blessings that I can have comfort, security, and stability. Help me to honor You by giving what You have given me to others. Remind me that the way I treat others resembles the way I treat You.
God, I pray for the person reading this devotional. You know this person deeply. You love him/her unconditionally and want to show Yourself more and more. Whatever worries, anxieties, or distractions there are, remind him/her what it looks like to trust in You. Give him/her clarity, a sense of peace, and purpose. Allow this person to walk on the straight path that leads to life. Remain faithful, as You always are. We love You.
Here are my answers to some of the questions.
- I’d like to believe I have love and faithfulness. But those words are heavy for me and seem difficult to attain. It’s something I strive for, but not with enough intentions. And my love for others is flawed and biased. I forget that my neighbor refers to everyone and that everyone is made in the image of God. As for faithfulness, I know I fall short in many ways. I choose more time on my phone rather than with God. My prayer life is very inconsistent. When I worry, God continues to reveal areas that I have so little trust in God. But, I think it’s ok that I’m flawed in love and faithfulness. God is love and has always been faithful to me. The more I focus on God and know His character, the more love and faithfulness will naturally flow out from me.
- I need to submit my thoughts to God. My thoughts get distracted easily, overcome by emotions, filled with the sin of selfishness and favoritism. I need God to sanctify me from the inside out. My thoughts are so hard to control, so I know I need to fully submit them to God for God to work in me.
- Understanding and putting to practice fearing the Lord has always been difficult for me. But reading Proverbs is giving me more insight. Fearing the Lord is a lot about actively searching for wisdom and understanding. It is a humbling approach towards knowing yourself and your weaknesses and also knowing who God is as the almighty, infinite God. One step I can take is trying to be more aware of my heart. Do I desire the right things? Am I seeking to please people rather than God? Do I fear man more than I fear God? I need to remain constant in seeking God’s Word to get a better understanding of who God is.
I’d love to hear your answers to any of the questions as well! Or you’re welcome to share what you got from the passage or thoughts from my testimony!