“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps” (Proverbs 16:9).
As I was walking through the grocery store this morning, God spoke to me about humility. Why are you in such a hurry? Why do you toil so? Why are you so proud? I have a plan for your life, and I established your steps long ago. God reminded me of Proverbs: “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps” (16:9). Let the desires of your heart be those of my heart; then you will plot your course according to my will and not be shaken. Your effort seeks to reach the prize in your own time and by your own strength and on your own terms; no wonder you worry my child. You think your will is entirely free, yours alone to do as you please; you misunderstand the gift! Set your agenda aside and trust me; walk in my Spirit. There’s no need to bother trying to wrap your head around the mystery; it will only cause a headache. Humility is a matter of the heart; the new heart of flesh that I have given to you. No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And I am faithful; I will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, I will also provide a way out so that you can endure (1 Corinthians 10:13). Where did all your worry go? What happened to your anxiety? It seems they have lost their sting. Humble yourself, and see my power work through you. Your obstacles will tremble in my presence and fall away.
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