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A 5-day devotional by Ade Ayoko. 

 

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 1 // WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? 

SCRIPTURE:

PROVERBS 3:5 - 6 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

 

PSALMS 23: 1 - 2

The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.

 

PROVERBS 16:9

We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.

 

DEVOTIONAL:
Have you ever gotten lost? Maybe you took a wrong turn and ended up on the wrong side of the city or fell asleep on the bus and missed your stop. Maybe you felt lost in the direction of life, not knowing if you should accept a new job, study a new course or move cities. Whatever the case may be, the reality is that we are all in need of direction in life.

 

But we can be encouraged, God wants to direct our path, and wants to lead us beside still waters. Since He is all-loving and all-knowing, we can trust that He knows the best path for us and that He wants to guide and show us the paths we should take in life. All we have to do is ask and trust Him. 

 

As we delve into Proverbs 3:5 - 6, we are going to look at what this verse means in its entirety and what it means to trust God in directing our path. Through this journey, we are believing that your trust in God and who He is will increase and go to the next level. 

 

PRAYER:
Lord, as I seek direction from You, I pray that You would speak and that I would hear and understand You clearly. Thank you for loving me enough to direct me on the right path and for being with me along the journey.

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Day 2 // GOD WANTS TO SHARE HIS PLAN 

SCRIPTURE:

PROVERBS 3:5 - 6 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

 

JEREMIAH 29:11 - 13 

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.In those days when you pray, I will listen.If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. 

 

JEREMIAH 33:3

Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.

 

DEVOTIONAL:

God promises us in Jeremiah 29:11 that He has plans for our lives; we’re not just wandering around aimlessly going through the motions of life because He has a plan that is good and full of hope. Whilst it can be easy to believethat God has a good plan for us, often we miss the fact that God also wants to share this plan with us. More importantly, He wants to direct us in realisingand activating this plan in our lives.

 

In fact, the Bible encourages us to speak to God about His plan for our lives because He is willing to show us great and mighty things regarding our future. We just need to be willing to trust Him above our own understanding to receive His direction. 

 

Can you honestly say that you trust God 100% and are ready to receive His direction?

 

PRAYER:
Thank you God, for having a good plan for me, filled with prosperity and hope. As I seek to know the path You have set for me, help me to prepare my heart to hear from You and receive Your direction.

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Day 3 // TRUST IN THE LORD  

SCRIPTURE:

PROVERBS 3:5 - 6 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

 

MARK 11: 22 - 25

Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.

 

PSALMS 37:5

Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.

 

DEVOTIONAL:

Trust can be a difficult thing to offer people and sometimes it can be difficult to trust God, but if we are going to be people whose paths are directed by the Lord, then we need to trust in the Lord with ALL of our hearts. Not just a small part of our hearts, not some of our heart and not most of our heart; that means 100%, not 99.9%.

 

When we put our trust in God, we believe that God is what His character says about Him and are willing to rest in it. Just like we would sit in a chair because we trust its “character”. To walk the path God has for us and to take His direction, we need to ensure that we are resting in God’s character with all our hearts. We need to rest and be seated in His Goodness, in His love, in His sovereignty, and the reality that He is all knowing and wants the best for us. 

 

Take a moment to be still, close your eyes and examine your heart; are you fully rested in the truth of His character, is your trust in God and not the circumstances and personalities around you?

 

PRAYER:
Lord, trusting You is sometimes difficult. Sometimes, I don’t know how to trust that You really have every detail of my life planned and mapped out, especially when I can’t see it. Help me to trust in You and Your Character every day and in every season.

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Day 4 // LEAN ON HIM  

SCRIPTURE:

PROVERBS 3:5 - 6 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

 

ISAIAH 55:8 - 9

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your way and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

DEVOTIONAL:
Are you a backseat driver or do you know someone who is? The problem with backseat drivers is that they trust you enough to give you the keys to the car and do the driving, but they lean a lot on their own understanding of which way you should go, how you should get there and what speed you should be going.

 

Sometimes that is what we are like with God; we trust Him, we let Him drive the car that is our life, but we are always backseat driving. “Jesus, you are too slow, you need to speed up. Jesus, you need to turn left not right. Jesus, the best way to get there is through here.” As if God does not know what He is doing.

 

To trust the Lord with ALL our hearts and lean NOT on our own understanding we need to stop backseat driving with God and let Him take the wheel instead of leaning on our own understanding. By leaning on our understanding, we are limited by our frame of reference based on past experiences, knowledge or feelings. God’s thoughts and understanding is much higher than ours and has no comparison. Often the difference between following God’s path or our self-appointed path, is our ability to lean on His understanding not ours. So the real question to receiving godly direction is, are you leaning on your understanding (your experience, your knowledge & your feelings) or God’s? 

 

PRAYER:
Lord, I’m sorry for leaning on my own understanding when Your ways and knowledge are so much higher than mine. Help me not to backseat drive Your direction for my life.

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Day 5 // ACKNOWLEDGE HIM 

SCRIPTURE:

PROVERBS 3:5 - 6 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

 

ACTS 13:22

But God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man about whom God said, ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.’

 

ISAIAH 55:6

Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near.

 

DEVOTIONAL:
King David was known for many things throughout the Bible, one of which is that he was a man after God’s own heart. King David sought God in everything he did; he acknowledged God as the one who blessed and directed him in every choice and action instead of relying on himself.

 

Rather than making decisions on how we feel or on our understanding, we need to base our decisions on God’s word, both the Logos (written word of God) and Rhema (spoken word of God). Godly direction is found in acknowledging God in our decision making. The same way King David sought God and acknowledged Him in battle and in life. The Bible teaches us that if we acknowledge the Lord by seeking the Lord, He will be found and that if we call on Him, He will answer. Now is the time to acknowledge God in everything, knowing that He is able and ready to reveal the path and the next step we should take. 

 

PRAYER:
God, I want to acknowledge You and all the power and blessing You pour into my life; I know I could not do this without you. Help me to always make decisions based on Your written and spoken word. Thank you for hearing me, help me to keep listening to You.

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