The sale of self-help books has soared since the year 2006 when sales reached nine billion dollars. The 11 billion dollar industry in 2006 is expected to grow by 5.5% every year. The endless pages offering advice on “how to improve one’s life,” however, do not seem to be making a dent in solving man’s most basic problem: a sinful nature.
David offered an alternative to “self-help.” He wisely encouraged us to seek “God-help.”
“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this; He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noon day sun!” Confident living, for the Christian, has a very simple focus and formula: first, commit, and then trust.
Commit, on the one hand, means that we are “to completely and unreservedly rely in and on God.” He is not only to be our Savior but the Lord of our lives. Trust, on the other hand, means that we live life with a vibrant expectation that He alone is capable of leading, guiding, guarding, and directing each step in our lives. We are to look into His Word to find His path for our lives. Committing and trusting in Him and through Him for His will for our lives will empower and enable us to move from self-help to God-help.
And the result will be obvious to us and others. We will radiate the righteousness of God by living a life that reflects His grace and goodness, justice and righteousness, beauty and holiness. We must also be aware of the “integrity” element in our lives. Whatever we do will be done through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and pleasing to God.
Prayer: Give us courage, Father, to look to You to become our “Helper” – to live life according to Your “God-Help” book. It will work if we let it! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun. Psalm 37:5-6
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