When Recovery’s Journey Reaches a Fork in the Road

 

[The following is an except from my new book, The Way Back From Loss:]

“Because we approach God from the foundation of self-righteous, self-serving doubt, God does not listen to us. He will not let us find Him.”[i] —Larry Crabb

Today’s Verse: “Good things are found in you, in that you have removed the wooden images from the land, and have prepared your heart to seek God.” (2 Chronicles 19:3 NKJV)

Whatever kind of loss we are working through can bring us to several forks in the road. We can choose the fork of faith, or we can choose doubt and unbelief. We can choose the fork of forgiveness, or we can choose bitterness and anger. We can rely on ourselves and our own sufficiency or we can be empowered by Christ. Which fork do we take?

It takes a humble spirit to take the forks of faith, forgiveness, and Jesus’ will. It takes a spirit that is willing to set everything aside—emotions, thoughts, others’ opinions, and circumstances—and simply and plainly assume humility before God.

Humility before Him means acknowledging that we cannot, but He can. We surrender or submit our own plans and desires, and realize His promise that we can do all things through Him (Philippians 4:13).

Humility before Him requires a closer relationship with Him. As we go to Him, we also need to spend time in His Word and in His presence. When we do, we’ll know His character, His promises, and His will better. The better we know Him, the more we’ll see His power, experience His love, and grow in faith and wisdom.

Humility before Him requires us to listen. Often we’re so full of our own ideas and plans that we block His gentle voice from leading and guiding us. We block God’s voice from giving us the comfort and peace only He can bring us.

Humility before Him means we can look at Him and say, “God, I believe You will . . .” When we’re on our knees in humility acknowledging His power and knowing Him better, we’ll know that He will. He may not reveal when or how, but we’ll know that He will, and that’s all we need to know.

Seek Him. Set aside the “wooden images” that serve to take your attention away from Him, and humbly, prayerfully approach Him with all your heart.

INSIGHT: In times of crisis or loss, do we humbly turn to the Lord first? Do we choose to go with our own will, our own desires, and our own plans?

PRAYER: Spend time on your knees before God. Humbly tell Him your challenges, hurts, and needs. Seek His face by reading Scripture as you pray. Take time to speak to Him and listen. Humbly seeking Him isn’t instantaneous; it’s a lifelong process.

LIFE CHOICES:

Study Genesis 5:22 and Jeremiah 29:13–14. What does it mean to seek God with all your heart? Do you believe God can bring you back from your personal captivity? Do you believe God can and will restore? What will it take for you to “walk with God”?

Understand that God’s course is clear and He’s open to you when you set aside your “self” and boldly, but humbly, come before Him. Understand that wooden images block God’s ability to work in and through you.

 

[i] Larry Crabb, Moving Through Your Problems Toward Finding God, (Grand Rapids, Zondervan, 1993), eBook edition.

 

You can read more devotions like this one from my latest book, The Way Back from Loss now available in hardback and electronic formats from Amazon or other fine sellers of books.

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