Tempted to Make Your Own Path

The Temptation: Even as early as when Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden, one of Satan’s most common temptations comes from our enemy trying to convince us that we can establish a better direction for our lives than God can. He tempted Eve to try the path of knowledge regarding good and evil, and she gave in when she ate the forbidden fruit. When God called Abraham away to begin the nation of His people, Abraham gave in to the temptation offered to him by Sara to try and jump-start his lineage by conceiving a child with Hagar. The descendants of that child still struggle against the chosen line to this day. Everywhere you want to look throughout history, the enemy has always tempted God’s people to take a path contrary to God’s plan.

The Passage:  “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.” Proverbs 3:5-6 [NIV] (Click for: RSV / KJV / AMP)

The Examples:

Testing the Waters:  I have worked so hard at this job, so I just know that God has a promotion coming my way soon. (Trust the Lord with all your heart, but don’t lean on your understanding!)

The Unequally Yoked Relationship: God’s word says I should wait on him to direct my paths, but I really love this person. (Trust the Lord with all your Heart, and submit your ways to him!)

Important Decisions: I really feel called to this ministry, but how will that affect my goals and dreams? (Trust the Lord with all your heat, and let him make your paths straight.)

The Challenge:  It is not easy to let someone else make the decisions all the time. In fact, not knowing all the details in some situations can be very stressful. However, God has had a plan for your life since before you were born. He knows what is coming your way, so I hope you and I will take the time to trust Him to show us what He has planned next.

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