June 7, 2024

Submit to God

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“Listen to me, for happy are all who follow my ways. Listen to my counsel and be wise. Don’t ignore it.”—Proverbs 8:32–33 NLT

Ferdinand de Lesseps seemed the ideal person to direct the building of the Panama Canal. He had experience, having been responsible for completing the Suez Canal. However, de Lesseps failed to recognize the differences between Panama and Suez to realize that different approaches were needed.

Author David McCullough discovered that de Lesseps was stubborn. As a result, the project became mired in problems. His company lost millions of dollars and was forced to liquidate.

A scandal broke out that rocked the French government. Soon de Lesseps and his son were sentenced to prison. It was a disaster for France. Only after the project was taken over by the United States was the Panama Canal built.

McCullough concluded that the source of de Lesseps’s downfall was his insistence “on a sea-level passage through country he knew nothing about.” De Lesseps refused to listen to others and disregarded data that challenged his opinions.

How many people remain stubbornly committed to habits, customs, and personal biases? How many will not seek God, submit their lives to Him, or are not open to allowing Him to change their ways?

Ask God to examine your heart. Do not stubbornly cling to your own ways and habits that may be flawed. Listen to Him. Allow Him to guide you, overrule your plans if necessary, and give you His wisdom and direction.

Reflection Question: Reflect on ways your stubbornness has caused problems.

Prayer
Lord, search my heart. I humble myself before You. Show me if I am clinging to the wrong things. Direct my steps and give me Your wisdom. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Proverbs 8


Prayer
Lord, search my heart. I humble myself before You. Show me if I am clinging to the wrong things. Direct my steps and give me Your wisdom. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Proverbs 8