Today I have a treat for you. Cathy Bryant is a recent author who I was able to do some book reviews for. Her second novel, A Path Less Traveled just released the end of last year and I have to tell you, I love her books! Both novels in this series are wonderful! You would never know she is a new author. Her style is full, rich and the characters make you feel like you know them. So, when I emailed her and asked about her joining my Event, she was gracious, as always, and offered to do a devotional and a book giveaway. You will absolutely fall in love with this book! And then of course, you will have to purchase the first one in the series:) Anyways, read through this devotional and let it speak to you, then enter the giveaway at the bottom.
You Want Me To Do What?
By Cathy Bryant ©2010
By Cathy Bryant ©2010
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. ~Proverbs 3:5-6
Following doesn’t come easy for me. My independence exerts itself on a regular basis. Maybe I know a faster way or a short cut. Or maybe I just get tired of the view and seek out a more scenic route. Some days I just don’t feel like following.
As I bounce off the mid-century mark of my life, I wonder if I’ll always struggle with following. In my prayers I’m quick to plead for God’s guidance and direction. But sadly, no sooner than I voice the word “Amen,” I’m setting down my agenda for the day with no concern for God’s direction at all.
The older I get the more I understand why we’re so often referred to as sheep in God’s Word. Sheep are stupid and dim-witted animals, and will wander away from the flock at a moment’s notice, led astray by other wandering sheep or the lure of greener pastures.
Often following is not so much a problem of hearing as it is a problem of obedience.
God speaks to His sheep. We hear His voice. Then we glance down the road He wants to take us down. It looks dangerous. Or boring. Unpleasant. We cock one eyebrow at God and ask: “You want me to do what?”
Here’s a scriptural look at following, based on the verse above:
Trust is more than just a platitude. Trust is an action. As the word is used in this verse, it actually means to “lean on.” We can say we trust a chair to hold us up, but until we actually put our weight on the chair, our words are meaningless.
We can tell God and others that we trust Him, but unless we’re willing to back our words with action, we’re just adding to the clamor.
With All Your Heart
A half-hearted trust won’t get us very far. Why? Because it leads to hesitancy, where we waver between trust and distrust. God, in His wisdom, wants your undivided heart.
Don’t Lean On Your Understanding
It’s human and natural for us to depend on our understanding, but we need to realize that neither our senses nor our feelings are an accurate guide. We are finite and limited creatures, and our thoughts and ways are infinitesimal compared to God. Because He’s unlimited by time and space, He sees all and knows all. Why would we ever want to depend on our understanding rather than His?
Acknowledge Him In All Your Ways
Because we belong to Him who is bigger than and greater than, we need to acknowledge Him—not just to ourselves, but to the whole world. Admit that He’s in control. Announce that you follow Him in trust. Blitz the world with your proclamation and praise.
He WILL Direct Your Paths
If we trust Him with all our hearts, seek His way instead of our own, and acknowledge Him as God, He WILL direct our paths. No worry. No fuss. No wondering if we’re on the right road.
Thank You, God, that You are worthy of our trust. Forgive our sheep-like ways. Teach us to follow you without hesitation, knowing that as our Good Shepherd, You love us and will provide for us. Thank You for directing our paths. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Cathy Bryant is a former public school teacher who handed in her chalk for a private music studio and writing career. Her passion is to write heart-stirring stories that show God’s life-changing grace. Cathy is the owner of the popular blog, WordVessel, and has written devotions for The Upper Room magazine, two devotional books, and online devotional sites. She’s the wife of a music minister, the mother of two grown sons and a beautiful daughter-in-love, and the Nana of Harrisen. A Texas gal since birth, she lives in a century-old Texas farmhouse with her husband and a phobia-ridden cat.
Texas Roads (her debut novel and a 2009 ACFW Genesis finalist) released in March 2010. The second Miller’s Creek novel, A Path Less Traveled, was launched in November 2010. The Way of Grace (book 3 in the series) will be available in 2011.
Visit her website at HYPERLINK "http://www.CatBryant.com" www.CatBryant.com .
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