Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
I’m a stubborn person- no use in hiding it. From as early as I can remember, I always wanted to be the one to do things on my own. I can try to “blame” it on my Type-A personality that borders on perfectionism at times, or I can just chalk it up to how I was raised or conditioned as a young child to be independent and to do things on my own. But whatever the reason is, I’ve come to realize that it can be detrimental to my relationships with others, especially the Lord.
We read today in Proverbs that “all the ways of a man may be right in his own eyes, but it is the Lord who proves hearts.” If you’re anything like me, stubborn as all get-out, you look at this and it either makes you pause to think or you read it and just move on without taking it to heart. Today, it made me pause. Especially when I’m being stubborn, I like to think that all of my ways are right and no one can say anything to me to prove me wrong. I’ve found myself living in this way in basically every aspect of my life- trying to think that my way, my plans, my effort is all that matters. If I can figure out a plan and execute that plan, I’ll be happy. What I so often struggle to remind myself of is that ultimately it is the Lord who proves a man’s heart.
I think this is a poignant message from the Lord for everyone, stubborn and independent or not. No matter what, whenever we take our lives into our own hands and push the Lord aside we are failing to live as the Lord has called us and equipped us to live! We so often think that we are the ones that have to come up with the plan and the answers in our lives to lead us to happiness and fulfillment, but today the Lord reminds us that even when we think we can get it done it’s ultimately up to Him to lead us to follow Him who is the Way.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
Am I living like my ways are the right ways?
What role does the Lord have in my life when it comes to the decisions I make?
How is the Lord calling me to be more dependent on Him and less on myself?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"Help me trust you and not myself, Lord."
"Lord, I need you."
"Let me follow your Way."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
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