|“God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile” – Max Lucado
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“I know, 0 Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps. Correct me, 0 Lord, but in just measure; not in thy anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.” Jeremiah 10:23
Correction can only take place if you acknowledge that you have deviated. Sometimes others have an easier time seeing your error than you. Before receiving their correction, you must acknowledge your propensity to error and be teachable. Jeremiah acknowledged that we are incapable of directing our steps. Left to ourselves we will drift into sin and away from God. Using a biblical analogy, we are like sheep that go astray.385 If the Lord does not correct us, we will be lost forever.
Acknowledging the need for correction, Jeremiah further prays that God will be gentle. If God does not mix mercy with correction, we will be “brought to nothing.” ” If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, 0 Lord, who shall stand?” 386 Scripture testifies that God answers prayers like Jeremiah’s. The Holy Spirit, speaking through the Psalmist, promises, “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.”387
“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear.”388 The Lord wants you to depend upon Him for both forgiveness and leadership. But the two go together. He will not have mercy on those who do not want His leadership. In all probability, His correction will come in the form of one of His servants confronting you. Your only hope of God answering Jeremiah’s prayer on your behalf, is if you maintain an attitude of teachableness toward others and a broken heart and contrite spirit before Him.
385 cf. Isaiah 53:6
Jeremiah 27-29 Titus 3 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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