Theme of the Week: Wisdom for the Ages
Bible Verse: 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 NKJV
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 10:9, 1 Corinthians 15:58, Philippians 4:8, Titus 2:1-14
Winter is coming. No, I’m not referring to a fantasy drama series but a Canadian reality. Snowstorms are not unusual anywhere in this country. However, there was an extraordinary 2020 blizzard in Newfoundland and Labrador. Known by locals as “Snowmageddon,” it dumped over 90cm on top of the 100cm already on the ground in the capital city of St. John’s, and brought wind gusts up to 134 km/h.
It paralyzed the region for days. Some snowdrifts were 15 feet high. The city of St. John’s was under a state of emergency for eight days, with widespread outages and impassable roads. Our street was blocked for several days until heavy equipment was brought in to resolve the situation.
The fifth and final section of our verses declares this, “. . . and He shall direct your paths.” Some might be familiar with the phrase used in other versions “. . . and He will make your paths straight.”
The Hebrew word for “straight” speaks of clearing the road for safe travel. The context here is less about clearing the road in an emergency or when we hit major decision points in life; it speaks more to daily wisdom and guidance for living godly lives of integrity, trust, and humility.
Trusting, leaning, and acknowledging prepare us to walk on a straight, clear path. Daily training in the Word, prayer, and other spiritual disciplines build our stamina and endurance for the journey ahead, wherever that journey may be taking us.
When we dwell consistently in His presence and live out His purposes for our lives, we will be prepared for the storms of compromise, choices, and crises.
Blizzards may come, but roads can stay clear so we can walk joyfully and confidently in His ways.
Prayer: Father, help me to walk daily in your ways, trusting you to clear the road of things that are out of my control. Help me to clear my path of things that are in my control. I will follow you wherever you may lead. Amen.
Reflection: This verse is a promise and a partnership. God is faithful. He will do His part. What part is He asking you to play today: trusting, leaning, or acknowledging Him? What is in your path needs to be cleared so you can move forward?
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