Proverbs 3:3-8:

“Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknoweldge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.”

What great and precious promises! Yet like so many other promises in Scripture, God requires first that we do _____________ before we are able to claim the promise. If you, like me, are only twenty-one, but feel like a cripple some days, and you would love for God to “refresh your bones,” then He has offered a solution–turn from evil and don’t be full of yourself, but instead live life “Coram Deo” (in the presence of God). As a college student who hates making decisions, but finds myself continually faced with one decision after another, from “little” things like whether or not to play volleyball on a bum ankle, or “big” things like college financing, there is also a solution: trust in the Lord instead of your own ideas and acknowledge Him in everything. He has promised that if we do these things, He will direct our paths. If that isn’t already good enough, He has even laid down the offer of good success and favor with both God and man if we live lives defined by steadfast love and faithfulness (both of which Christ epitomizes). Whoever said God wasn’t good? He has given us everything necessary for life and godliness, only asks us to diligently apply ourselves to living life as His children – loving Him and loving people.

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