“The wicked are estranged from the womb; these who speak lies go astray from birth. They have venom like the venom of a serpent; like a deaf cobra that stops up its ear, so that it does not hear the voice of charmers, or a skillful caster of spells.” (Psalm 58:3-5)
The Lord knows those who are His. From the womb I knew you, says the Lord. In the mystery of why some and yet not others, there is the truth that there are those who are estranged and will remain so their whole life. Yes, we may ponder, but heed the warning. Look only to the Lord and walk with Him all the days of Your life. He alone is fully trustworthy.
Lord, grant that I may recognize those who would lead me astray. Guide me in the way of truth that You have established from the beginning. Help me at all times to be aware that I need Your grace and mercy and the ever-present support of Your Spirit. Lead me, O Lord, and grant that I willingly follow where You lead. Help me now and always to turn to You first in all things.
Lord Jesus, You have fought the good fight for us and although the war is over, the rebellion rages on. Guide me in Your goodness to walk in Your ways all the days of my life. Lead me, O Lord, that I may be led where You would have me go. Help me now and always to look to You as the source of truth and salvation. Keep me from being deceived by those who lie and use deceit. Amen.