Life is intense. I’ve been desperate to know how to find my way in the midst of it all, and I’ve found myself camped in Psalm 18 with this incredible truth:

As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless… It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; He enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; My arm can bend a bow of bronze. You give me your shield of victory, And your right hand sustains me; You stoop down to make me great. You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.” (vv. 30, 32-36)

I often make the mistake of thinking of the Christian life as if somehow it’s all up to me. Reread the passage with these questions in mind: Who is the primary character? Who is the active initiator?

God Himself! David fled to the rugged, jagged, mountainous desert to escape his enemies. In that time, it was God who armed, made, enabled, trained, gave, sustained, and broadened the path beneath David. God’s perfect way was to teach David how to be totally dependent upon Him, and when David was, God not only kept him alive, but He caused him to grow, develop, and thrive.

God longs to do the same for you and me if we will let Him. In the midst of the mountainous, desert terrain of our lives, let us yield ourselves to God 100 percent. Let’s let God lead us in His perfect way, teaching us to be totally dependent upon Him. He is faithful! Let us rejoice! He will not only keep us alive; He will cause us to thrive.

Reread the verses above (and all of Psalm 18), and hear His promise to you.

Stephanie Hogan is the Director of Titus Women, a ministry of the Francis Asbury Society, and lives in Sicklerville with her husband, Bryce. Image credit: Esther Bauer, via CreationSwap

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