According to the Bible, those who trust in their own efforts are foolish (Galatians 3:1-3). They boast in their wisdom, strength or riches, but their house is built upon the sand (Matthew 7:26).
However, those who walk in God’s wisdom are kept safe. Since, they understand and know the Lord intimately, He exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on their behalf (Proverbs 28:26; Jeremiah 9:23-24).
We often spend years of our life cautiously watching God's dealings in the life of His children. His discipline frightens us, but His blessings amaze us. We finally come to the place where we are willing to make a commitment to Him.
At this point, we often swing to the opposite side of the pendulum. We are totally committed to Christ and we do not want to displease Him.
Therefore, we diligently search the Bible in order to completely understand the rules and regulation of the law and what He wants from us. We attempt to religiously adhere to even the most vague letter of the law (Matthew 5:18).
Our heart is in the right place, because we do not want to disappoint God. However, no amount of striving will produce any amount of righteousness in us at all (Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:9). Every bit of our righteousness amounts to nothing more than a pile of old, dirty rags (Isaiah 64:6).
God knows that we will drive our self crazy, if we continue to attempt to maintain control over our life. He continually attempts to set us free from human effort and invites us to enter into His rest.
Father God, Your ways are perfect. Your Son is the God of truth and there is no iniquity in Him (Deuteronomy 32:4). Yet, He suffered the persecution and death of a common criminal to set us free from bondage to sin and death (Romans 6:23) and to raise us up to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4).
Thank You that our old way of life is gone forever and now everything is completely new (2 Corinthians 5:17). Thank You for ordering our days and blessing us in every area of our life as we trust in You (Psalm 139:16; 2 Corinthians 9:8).
Thought for the Day:
Spiritual battles are meant to be won; not in our own strength, but by the power of God's Spirit working in us to perfect us until the day we meet the Lord face-to-face; He delights in us and we are His people; He is our Good Shepherd, and we are the sheep of His pasture (Psalm 95:7; 100:3).