"Trust the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; but, in all thy ways, acknowledge him, and he shall direct your path." Proverbs 3: 5-6
"For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not grow faint." Isaiah 40: 31
The scriptures above have been a source of inspiration to me in different stages of my life. The thing that ties them together for me is strategy. When you read all three, you cannot help but see that God has a strategy and a plan for your life. God is basically saying, trust me because I have a plan to help you through this life. He's telling us that although we may get frustrated and tired of running the race, if we just wait on Him and give him some time, He'll not only make us strong again, but He'll make sure that we stand out above all others.
This is portrayed in several ways throughout the Bible. One example is Moses as he led his people out of Egypt. Moses just knew that God had the wrong guy. He knew his limitations and tried to explain to God what he was lacking. God told him "lean not on your understanding". Translation: I've got this under control; let me worry about what you can and can't do!
God gave Moses the plan; a plan designed to prosper them. He told Moses that if you and your people follow these basic rules, I'll get you to a land of paradise and you will be a great nation. On the flip side, God is a God that cannot lie and what He says, he means. Those who chose alternate routes of dealing with their situation perished and didn't get to reap the blessings that God had in store for them.
How many times does the Holy Spirit tell us to wait? How many times does the Lord tell us to be faithful and just trust that He will make things right for us? How many times do we ignore what's right and try to rely on our own human understanding? Most of the time we live to regret our mistrust and unfaithfulness.
Even when it seems hard to do, we must be patient and allow God to lead. When it gets frustrating, remember this other verse: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
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Shakera Reid was born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Miramar, Florida. Her passion in life is counseling and educating youth. Hobbies include traveling, writing and watching movies. Her hope is to encourage others through her writing and to help them in their Christian walk.