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Friends in Christ Weekly Message
September 13, 2000

With all your heart
you must trust the Lord and not your own judgment.
Always let him lead you,
and he will clear the road for you to follow.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (CEV*)

While it might seem this advice would be obvious to the Christian, in fact it is a very hard lesson for us to learn. At least for me, I find it so tempting to follow my own judgment. I want to serve the Lord, but am all too inclined to decide how to do so out of my own wisdom.

Our own judgment is faulty. I have found many times that when I simply seek to reason out what to do to be faithful, I fail badly. What I try to do seems well reasoned out and quite logical, but it simply doesn't do what I hope it will do.

Sometimes I feel a nudge from God, but it doesn't make sense to me. I have learned that this does not mean it is not a true leading. One time, I had a leading to travel about a nine hours driving time distance in ministry. I didn't understand what I could especially contribute to the occasion I was led to, but the leading stayed with me. I followed it, and was called to ministry where I went. I realized only after the event that, due to different experience from others at that event, I was particularly qualified to give a message that was badly needed. This trip took a whole weekend for which I had much planned to do that was important. Somehow everything got done without it seeming a burden to me. The Lord did indeed "clear the road" for me.

Sometimes we are so eager to serve that we bull on ahead without a clear sense of how God is calling us to serve. We need to learn to act in God's time, not our own. We must patiently wait for guidance, opening ourselves up to God in prayer.

Do you trust the Lord with all your own heart and not your own judgment? Are you truly willing to let him lead you?

Bill Samuel

* Contemporary English Version ©1995 American Bible Society.

©2000 Friends in Christ, Inc.

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