Each week, we share the reflective thoughts of one of our partners in the form of a devotional. This week’s devotional was written by Clarence Adams.The Word:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (NASB)

The Story:
I sat in the hospital room with my mother and father while the nurses prepared my father for surgery.  I noticed my father had a sense of calm and peace about him, while I began to get a nervous stomach. We talked about the normal things we usually talk about.  A little while later, I asked him how he was feeling and he replied that he felt fine.  When I asked him if he was afraid, he replied that he was not. In his response was the stern faith that he’s always had.  This showed me, as he had all my life, that I should not trust in my own understanding, but trust in God with all my might; knowing He is in control. Once again, my father revealed his undying faith. As they rolled him out of the room for surgery, he looked me in the eye and declared that the Lord would provide. 

The Reflection:
How often are we faced with tough situations and we don’t trust God completely? How sincere is our faith?  Does our faith have limitations?  Why do we nurture an attitude independent of what God’s will is for us?

The Application:
This week, let us be thankful for those around us, whether it be parents, family members or spiritual mentors that have given us a visual of what matured faith looks like.  Let us apply that in our lives and our workplaces.  Let them see a sense of spirituality that generates curiosity that allows an opportunity to spark conversation about God’s will.

The Prayer:
God, thank You for another day to see Your greatness in all things.  Allow us to walk in a way that is pleasing to You. Give us the strength to continue to grow in faith, mature in Your word and become who You’ve designed us to be. Amen.