Apart from God we have no rights. Apart from His way we can have no peace. In our own strength, life will never be what we want. We are incapable without Him. Therefore with repentant hearts, we must submit ourselves to His plan and allow Him to direct every path.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,Prov. 3:5–6 NKJV
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
HOW DOES THIS APPLY TO ME?
As a result of believing someone has not measured up to our expectations, we are convinced that they owe us something. This is where our anger can become sinful, because God is the only one who has a right to anything. They do not owe us; they owe God. If we are merely expecting to have our selfish ambitions satisfied, we are sinful. With repentant hearts we must say, “I am sorry I expected you to __________. Will you please forgive me for being unrealistic and inappropriate in my expectation?”
Lord, You are merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are good to everyone. You shower compassion on all Your creation. All of your works will thank You, Lord and Your faithful followers will praise You. I thank You and I praise You. . . .Ps. 145:8–10
(excerpts from Desperate Dependency by J. Kirk & Melanie D. Lewis)
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