Self-sufficiency is determined to stay in control—a precarious place to be. It’s like standing on one foot and expecting to reach my destination by hopping. We often fail to trust God or ask to be led by His Holy Spirit—and all-wise God knows all the ends and outs of a situation.
I can look back and see the many times I’ve fallen flat on my face before I finally got it that it is not within man to direct his own steps.
Pride causes me to behave like a two-year-old who shouts, “I do it myself.” And when I do, God steps back and lets me give it a shot until all the threads of my life are tangled and tied in a hard knot.
Our loving heavenly Father steps away and possibly folds His arms, shakes His head, and says, “Have it your way.” He stands nearby and watches us fail again and again.
There have been many times when I didn’t know what to do and moaned “I don’t know what else to try. All I can do is pray.” Prayer becomes my last resort, rather than my first option.
In spite of my stubborn will, the Lord continues to faithfully keep His promise to never leave me or forsake me.
Even when the Lord helps me succeed, there is such a temptation to take credit for accomplishing everything myself.
Lord, help me depend on your incredible wisdom before making any decision.