Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
Psalm 25:8–10, ESV
How often do we try our own way? I know I struggled as I went in directions that God did not desire me to go, and I experienced things that I wouldn’t wish on anyone else. God, however, was faithful in spite of my unfaithfulness and called me to return to Him. I believe that many struggle with this reality. Sometimes, it may not be that we have really done anything truly wrong, but we see others who we feel were less faithful being blessed in ways that we feel that we should be blessed in. Some may feel like the faithful one who is forgotten or may feel as if there has been so much lost in trying to stay true. I know that I have said this often, but David felt the struggles and pains of life, but his words show us the abiding faith he had and how he had never felt left behind by God. God doesn’t forget those whom He has chosen, and He never fails in His love. When we have left the path which God has set for us, He is always there to guide us back. When we return to Him, He quickly runs to embrace us. When we feel forgotten and left outside, He invites us in and lets us know that all that He has is ours. We are never to be ashamed, and we are never left alone. When we remember His promises and remember His calling for our lives, we will always find the assurance given to us all as He has given us everything. In this everything, we find our peace.
Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.