Jeremiah 10:23 “I know, O Lord, that a man’s way is not in himself, nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps.”


 Try as I might, I can’t fix me.  Believe me I’ve tried.  Today’s verse says that.  It is not in us to keep ourselves straight.  We wander off the path because of our sin nature.  We can try to be good on our own, but sooner or later our true self comes out – our sin self.

Thanks be to God we don’t have to do it alone.  Our loving Father sent His Son Who sent His Spirit to dwell within us. The moment we ask Christ to save us, the moment we recognize Him as Lord, His Spirit indwells us.  And because He lives in us, we can do anything He asks us, not through our own power, but through His.  Hallelujah!


 Have you ever heard your child say, “I just can’t do it!”  I heard that recently from a boy at our church.  We were playing a game, and he kept getting put out of the game when he missed the ball.  He threw up his little hands and said, “I just don’t have the strength.” I laughed (because the game requires very little strength) and told him to keep trying.

When your child “gives up” that is the best time to talk to them about allowing the Lord to control their life.  They really do have to “give up” and let Jesus reign.  If they keep trying on their own they will never succeed.  Man truly can’t direct his steps.

Are you still busy trying to make it on your own?  Sure, you’ve asked Christ into your life, but have you really surrendered to Him?  You have to give Him complete control.  He will not drag you down the path He has chosen for you.  He will nudge you and direct you, but He won’t force you. Yield to Him now.

Forgive me, Father, for not allowing You to lead. I know I can’t direct my steps.  I need You to lead.  Take my hand!


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