This weeks devotions: Sunday – Monday – Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday
Daily Devotional Materials
Twenty-First Sunday after Trinity
– Friday –
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6
You would always like to do the right thing whenever you undertake anything. Is that not so? -whatever will give you God-pleasing success and God’s blessing. How must you go about this? Use proper forethought and calm deliberation in everything. Hence, make good use of the “understanding” (Psalm 119:104a) which God has graciously given to you. But do not “lean unto [your] own understanding;” do not trust in yourself. For the sphere of your understanding, though it be ever so keen, is very limited. You cannot comprehend all things. A thousand contingencies may arise to upset your shrewdest calculations. “Trust in the Lord with all [your] heart” in a truly child-like manner and He promises to “direct [your] paths.” In all your ways, in all your undertakings, in all your plans, acknowledge Him who is your dear heavenly, gracious Father. Let it be your foremost concern to do what is well pleasing to Him, avoiding everything that displeases Him. Why should this be your foremost concern? This ought to be your foremost concern out of overflowing, unending gratitude for all of God’s unearned, unmerited, and undeserved gifts of full pardon for all of your sins and your righteousness before Him, gifts which He has graciously given to you through the perfect obedience, the willing suffering, and the sinless “offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Hebrews 10:10b), When this gracious God directs your paths according to His own Word and will, you will have God-pleasing success and His rich blessings,whether you realize it or not. The psalmist, in the Psalm 37, gave you this counsel and this reassurance: “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass” (v. 5).
PRAYER – O my dear Heavenly Father, be with me in all my ways, and direct my paths for my welfare in time and for eternity. Increase my trust and confidence in Thee and in Thy sure promise to direct my paths, for the sake of and for the glory and honor of my only Savior, Christ Jesus. Amen.
Thy way, not mine, O Lord, however dark it be;
lead me by Thine own hand, choose Thou the path for me;
I dare not choose my lot; I would not if I might;
choose Thou for me, my God; so shall I walk aright.
Choose Thou for me my friends, my sickness and my health;
choose Thou my cares for me, my poverty or wealth;
not mine, not mine, the choice, in things or great or small;
be Thou my guide, my strength, my wisdom and my all
(TLH, 532, 1-2).
* Adapted and revised from original publication
Weekly Reading Theme: The Nation
26:1 And it shall be, when thou art come in unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and possessest it, and dwellest therein;2 That thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, which thou shalt bring of thy land that the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt put it in a basket, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose to place his name there.3 And thou shalt go unto the priest that shall be in those days, and say unto him, I profess this day unto the LORD thy God, that I am come unto the country which the LORD sware unto our fathers for to give us.4 And the priest shall take the basket out of thine hand, and set it down before the altar of the LORD thy God.5 And thou shalt speak and say before the LORD thy God, A Syrian ready to perish was my father, and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there with a few, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous:6 And the Egyptians evil entreated us, and afflicted us, and laid upon us hard bondage:7 And when we cried unto the LORD God of our fathers, the LORD heard our voice, and looked on our affliction, and our labour, and our oppression:8 And the LORD brought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great terribleness, and with signs, and with wonders:9 And he hath brought us into this place, and hath given us this land, even a land that floweth with milk and honey.10 And now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land, which thou, O LORD, hast given me. And thou shalt set it before the LORD thy God, and worship before the LORD thy God:11 And thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the LORD thy God hath given unto thee, and unto thine house, thou, and the Levite, and the stranger that is among you.
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