Depending on God; March 26, 2023

Psalm 25:4-5 Show me your ways, O Lord,
teach me your paths;
guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.

This Psalm is interesting in that David repeatedly refers to “the sins of his youth,” all the while asking the Lord to guide him. Awareness of our frailty is a good thing! As Paul said, “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” (1 Corinthians 10:12) Humility is always the best policy! It is well known how badly David blew it with Bathsheba and Uria, but this gives the impression of having been written before that. That’s a reminder that we’ve got to keep our repentance up-to-date. God allow all sorts of things in our lives to remind us that we’re dependent on Him. (John 15:5) If we walk in humble obedience, we will receive abundant blessings.

As I have written about repeatedly, God graciously allowed me to break my wrist the last part of January. Since about two days ago I’ve been having a sore throat and coughing, and generally feeling rotten. The broken wrist wasn’t contagious, but whatever I have now could well be. (Temperature’s over 101) Accordingly, we didn’t go to the wake of a good friend of mine last night, but asked another friend to convey our feelings to the widow and their son and daughter-in-law. The question right now is how much I am to do or not do in the service. Off hand, I can only remember one time that I didn’t preach because I was sick. However, I have been saying and thinking that I’m certainly not the only one who can hear from the Lord in this church. I need to keep my spiritual ears open and discard all pride, so that God will may be done for His glory.

Father, thank You for this rather pointed reminder. Help me be, do, and say exactly what You desire, whatever that means for me personally. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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