Psalm 143:8-10 (NIV)
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord, for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
Do you awake most mornings already feeling anxious about what the day ahead holds? Do you try to plan out your day hoping that if everything will simply go the right way, you just might survive the day? If you begin most days like this, you are not alone. Many believers start their day out in this same fashion. We try to accomplish whatever it is that we want by our own power. As Christians, we must believe that we serve a God who can ordain our day according to His plans so that His “unfailing love” can guide us through the many difficulties and joys of the day ahead. “Trust”, as the psalmist writes, is the vital ingredient so often missing from our walk with God: “For I have put my trust in you.” Do you trust yourself more than you trust God?
If this is the way you begin your day, then I want you to try something different. Instead of coming up with your own plans for the day ahead, ask God to guide you in the way you should go. Let go of your desire to control everything and allow God to direct your plans for the day ahead. It’s not easy for us to give up control, because even though we tend to make an absolute mess of our lives, we continue to trust in ourselves more than we trust God.
We must admit to God that we don’t really know what we are doing, even though he has given us free will. Ask God to “teach” you to follow His will for your life. Whether you believe it or not, God does have a plan and a purpose for each one of us. And He is ready to help us realize His purposefulness for us. He is waiting on you to take that first step of faith and trust Him. Psalm 139:16: Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
The psalmist asks for God to lead him on “level ground” and I suppose that each one of us would pray that prayer as well. And while we all need to spend some time on “level ground” it is on those paths less traveled that we grow and develop into the Christian men and women that God created us to be. We learn how to more fully trust in God through the many trials and setbacks that we endure. No matter what we encounter in this world, we know that God can take a difficult and seemingly hopeless situation and turn it into something good so that His glorious power can be displayed.