“Escort me along the way; take me by the hand and teach me. For You are the God of my increasing salvation; I have wrapped my heart into Yours!” David (Psalm 25:5 TPT)
“…Lead me into Your truth… I wait…” (NASB)
The Passion Translation threw me here, so I dug in to find how waiting was translated into wrapping my heart into God’s. Language is one of my favorite things, and what a delicious treat I found! By search and discovery in the Hebrew Lexicon, the root word in the Bible for waiting is ‘qavah’, meaning to twist or bind like a rope. So where does waiting tie in? (Pun intended!) Reading further into this rich word I found clarity and insight. To wait involves strength to endure. And to ‘qavah’ is to bind, be strong, hold fast to the hope of God, and to wait on Him. With Him. Bound to His heart.
God has used one simple word to blow my mind this morning. I am learning more by trying to understand less. Lofty concepts built on simple truths are inspiring, and I am reading several books with great insight and wisdom. I appreciate the wonderful lessons learned by others that are shared in black and white. But where God is taking me is foundational. If I bind myself to God first, I have the strength I need to endure. My story can inspire others. Yet true peace and wisdom comes from each unique journey taken by a heart bound to God’s. My strength lies in the simple yet profound and life changing act of binding my heart to His and letting Him escort me through life. I am never alone, and He will not change. Attaching myself to anything or anyone else must come second. People and circumstances will change or fail me, But God never will.
Lord, Unwrap my heart from unholy things. Forgive my carelessness with my soul. I bind myself wholly to You and seek to grow in strength while I wait for my future to unfold. Help me to live with integrity and yet not push others away. Let others be drawn to Your heart through me and lead me away from anything that separates me from You. Protect my life with Your covering and let the blood of Jesus purify my heart. In His name, amen.
Horses have bits and bridles in their mouths so that we can control and guide their large body.And the same with mighty ships, though they are massive and driven by fierce winds, yet they are steered by a tiny rudder at the direction of the person at the helm. And so the tongue is a small part of the body yet it carries great power! Just think of how a small flame can set a huge forest ablaze. James 3:3-5 (TPT)
Controlling the tongue is a life saving discipline, whether your own or other’s. God gives us wisdom and the Holy Spirit to direct us. Our Pilot will steer us in the right direction no matter how strong the winds of opposition may be. But we have to give in to let Him have the control. Such a tiny thing with great consequence. A beautiful forest can be taken out with a tiny spark, and a thoughtless word can break a heart.
I like to be in control. I am a leader at work. As I followed my career journey, I left the self-conscious little girl behind and learned to lead with confidence. Ever since I came to know Jesus as a young adult, I have struggled to let go of control. “I can figure it out…” “I’ve got this…”. My mouth leads with words to direct others as well as myself. I am learning that this control is a false sense of safety. I can only control so much. And people will let you down. Words and choices of others throw me off course too easily. I am not a very good pilot it seems. Through prayer and soaking in God’s Word I am learning that by humbling myself before Him and giving Him the lead, there is less struggling to stay on course, and more peace. Fewer words are said that I regret and more words are spoken with graceful intention. I am more aware of the devastating self talk that can bring darkness in my own heart. When I let God be the light, the way ahead is more clear. I want to prevent the forest fires. If I set a fire with my tongue, I want it to be a Holy Fire that turns hearts toward Jesus.
Lord, Keep my tongue bridled for You. Build in me the discipline I need to speak words when they are right and keep silent when they are not. Give me strength to resist being pulled off course with gossip or complaining. I struggle to speak life in those moments. Help me to stay on course with You. Give me the wisdom and grace to be disciplined and not judgmental of others. Help me to see the forest from the trees and be aware of the spark that can destroy. In Jesus’ name amen.