Devotion for Thursday, June 14, 2018

“So I let them go after the stubbornness of their hearts, that they might walk in their own counsels. Oh that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!” (Psalm 81:12-13)

The people walk in the counsel of their hearts. What do they know? When they listen only to themselves, from their own limited view of things, what can they understand? Do not listen just to your heart, but to the Lord who knows all things. Come to the One who created you and know the freedom that comes from knowing that you are in His hands. Walk in His ways and live.

Lord, I do trust myself even though I know that I am untrustworthy. I listen all too often to my own counsel even though I know that it is not good. Help me not live by the wickedness that is in my heart, but by the truth that You have spoken for all ages. Guide me in the truth of Your Word and help me to live by Your Word, first and foremost. Lead me, O Lord, in the way I should go.

Lord Jesus, You have the words of eternal life. To whom else should we go? Lead me out of my fickle heart which does not understand and is prideful and into the truth which You have revealed for all people. Help me now and always to live according to Your never-changing word that I may abide in You as You abide in me, doing what is pleasing in the Father’s sight. Lead me today, Lord Jesus. Amen.