How often do you ask to be lead rather than to lead? Who really wants to follow when you can be a leader?
How often do you ask what you should be doing? Who really wants to be told what to do when you can tell someone else what to do?
Lead me in the right path, O Lord,
or my enemies will conquer me.
Tell me clearly what to do,
and show me which way to turn.
Psalm 5:8 (NLT)
Life isn’t all about being the one in charge. Sometimes—and even more often than we think—it should be about asking for direction and instruction. It’s about letting someone else be in charge. God’s guidance isn’t there to stifle us. He doesn’t want to lead us like a dog on a leash.
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them sing joyful praises forever.
so all who love your name may be filled with joy.
For you bless the godly, O Lord,
surrounding them with your shield of love.
Psalm 5:11-12 (NLT)
We don’t have to listen to God’s directions and instructions, we get to. When we put ourselves into God’s plan, not only is it His will that all things work together for our good (Romans 8:28), but He surrounds us with His shield of love. We can take refuge in Him. He will protect us.
Submitting to God is not a trial. It’s a joy. A privilege.
I will lie down in peace and sleep,
for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.
Psalm 4:8 (NLT)
Submitting to God leads to joy. It leads to peace. It leads to love. Who else can you follow that will lead you to all of that?
Daily Bible reading: Psalm 4-6, Acts 16:16-40