Today's reflection on the Daily Texts:
All deeds are right in the sight of the doer, but the Lord weighs the heart. - Proverbs 21:2
"All things are lawful for me," but not all things are beneficial. "All things are lawful for me," but I will not be dominated by anything. - 1 Corinthians 6:12
Two-year reading texts: Psalm 116:15-19; 1 Samuel 26,27; John 6:1-15
One of the great gifts of Christian faith is simple everyday trust in God. Like all people everywhere, we try to make the best decisions, and yet we're not just striving to live by a certain code or philosophy; we also have God's word, our fellow believers in the church, and God's own Holy Spirit to help us along the way. We wrestle with what's right for ourselves and for others, but we're not left to agonize on our own; we trust that the One who creates, redeems, and sustains the world is also giving us the guidance we need to follow the right path.
I ask today for a heart of gratitude and humility as I recognize how God has guided me so far, and for a faithful spirit that clings close to God as I continue to travel forward. I ask that in times when I've barged down the wrong path and caused pain and problems that there might be forgiveness, and some good and beautiful things that come from what I've damaged. I ask that my words and actions will more and more conform to God's ways, and that I might make a contribution to someone else's ability to see and use and trust God's guidance. I pray for all people entrusted to make the big decisions that affect the lives of others, and ask that they too would learn and follow the ways of God who leads to true righteousness, abundance, and freedom.