An Encouraging Word 5

Read Jeremiah 29:11-13

God Wants to Lead

You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. 

-Psalm 16:11 (NIV)

 A dilapidated bridge dangles from one end of the canyon to the next. Seventy-five feet below lay sharp jagged rocks, yet the guide assures everyone secure passage to the other side. Trust me he says. My eyes give me good reason to doubt him.

When I read, “I trust in you, O Lord . . .” (Psalm 31:14 NIV), I wonder, do I really? Do I see God as the foolish guide who wants to lead me across a tattered bridge? How apt am I to trust God when life looks like a pile of jagged rocks? Do I look upon my expedition with God as exhausting rather than exploratory?  

Dwelling too long on the path enmeshes me in confusion and consumes vital energy. Did God say cross that bridge, or not? What did He say I would do when I get to the other side? When I spend too much time figuring out my “genuine” purpose, I become shortsighted. I misplace my trust. I neglect pressing forward to occupy and bear fruit for God’s kingdom.

But when I relax in God’s leading and His knowledge of me, I can let go of demanding to know God’s will. When the journey is bumpy and unpredictable, which always raises questions, God’s wisdom will guide me. He assures me that my times are in His hands (Psalm 31:15 NIV). He will guide me safely, even across that dilapidated bridge, if I just let Him lead. 


Father, help me to look into your eyes where no storm or dark shadow dwells. Cause my heart to trust in you. Amen.

Thought of the Day

You can breathe a deep sigh of relief because God knows the way across the broken bridge, and he knows you.

Prayer Focus:

Those questioning God’s will.

–Diane  Ramirez

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