8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
9 Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
which must be curbed with bit and bridle,
or it will not stay near you.
10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.
11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
God’s word is readily available to instruct, lead and guide us. His words have been divinely given to the writers of each book to give us more insight into who God is and what His instructions are that will ultimately bring about the best for our lives. His constant pursuit of our holiness is always present because he aims to draw and protect us from the worlds temptations that only mean to bring us harm in the end.
When we answer the call to follow after God and His commands for our lives we end up experiencing God’s steadfast love. Choosing to trust and follow after God and saying no to the world is an act of faith. It is showing God that you trust Him to provide all that you need that can only be found in Him. Whether it be emotional, physical, financial and above all else spiritual, God is able to answer your every need and direct you in the way that you should go.
God’s path for our lives is aimed to bring us true joy and satisfaction. The goal is for us to recognize God’s overall goodness and faithfulness that He wants to exemplify in our lives. In the end when we surrender our lives over to God we see as it says in verse 11 that we have reason to “Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice”.
Steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.
Indeed the one who places his or her life in the hands of the Lord is the one who will have contentment. The world will tell us endless amounts of things that will make us happy. A big house, a nice car, popularity, money, fame, and a number of others. But in the end these all fail. They do not bring joy or love. In fact, the majority of lottery winners are worse off after they won. The majority of wealthy people are still not content. The only thing that will truly bring contentment is faith and trust in the Lord and living a humble life, doing justice to our neighbors.
Allow God to have control over your life. Your money, your family, and even your relationships. No one knows how to take better care of us than the one who created us.
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