Friday, July 21 | Let Faithfulness Never Leave You
Read Proverbs 3:3–6
Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
There are all kinds of things we seem to carry around with us everywhere we go—some good, some not so good. We carry hope and joy. We carry encouragement and faith. But we also carry shame for things we’ve done or things done to us. We carry anger and pain. We carry cynicism and skepticism. We carry fear and insecurity. What if, everywhere we went, we carried love and faithfulness? What if we never allowed them to leave us? What if love replaced our anger and shame and cynicism? What if faithfulness replaced our fear and lack of trust? Is this even possible? Yes and no. If, as Solomon, the writer of today’s passage, says, we trust God with all our heart, submitting our ways to Him, it is possible. If we try to act independently of God, trusting in our own goodness and strength and discipline, it’s not possible. Our ability to be faithful and to love comes in our continual and increasing trust in God.
- Reflect on the burdens you are carrying with you today. However recent or longstanding these burdens might be, what might be one way you could express your trust in God in healing and resolving those burdens?
God, though You have said to cast my worries on You and to give You my burdens, I still hold on to them—sometimes more tightly than others. Help me to release any negative emotions I carry around with me to You. Fill me with Your love and faithfulness. Help me to let go of old hurts, and forgive freely. Heal what’s broken in me and transform what’s misshapen so I can freely love and trust You with all my heart. Amen.
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