For many years I made my own plans and set my goals as though I understood what was best for me. I looked at the pros and cons and did my best to eliminate negative outcomes because I didn’t want them interfering with the good I was planning to accomplish. I would ask God to bless my endeavors because that made me feel like I was getting His approval. Now I realize how foolish and presumptuous I was. What I was doing was nothing more than an illusion. The only person I was fooling was myself. I am so grateful that the Lord’s light shined brightly and exposed the darkness of my ways. Once again, His truth set me free. Now I am focused on simply abiding in Him and trusting the Lord to direct my steps, one by one.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”