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February 10, 2020

 

A Perfect Encouragement !

My Dear Friend,

     In Psalm 18, David penned two closely related truths we need to carefully examine and closely follow.

     First, David write, "As for God, his way is perfect" (Psalm 18:30). Second, "It is God who...maketh my way perfect" (18:32). Here David was praising God that His way was perfect and He was making David's way perfect. What a perfect encouragement!

     David is not claiming God made him sinlessly perfect, or no longer capable of disobedience and sin in this life. Rather, he is telling us that despite all our imperfections that challenge us daily, we can walk in a perfect path - one personally planned by perfect divine wisdom and guided by perfect divine love - in this very imperfect world. How?

     By living in perfect submission to our perfect Guide! By simply being broken, humble, teachable, workable, and leadable in our personal relationship with our Good Shepherd. By trusting His wisdom more than our reason (Proverbs 3:5-6). By understanding His provision, protection, and peace are always ours when we follow His plan. Any born-again Christian, from the weakest to the strongest, can live this mature, Christlike life, if we will.

     Living David's "perfect way" involves seeking God's presence often, filling our hearts with His Word daily, pouring our hearts out to Him in prayer, thanking and praising Him regularly, leaning on His Spirit's inner witness, and living in God's peace. Then, when those moments arise, as they often do, in which our desires conflict with God's plainly revealed will, we respond in a "perfect way," as David did. How?

     We capitulate perfectly. We surrender totally and do whatever God wants, His way, and in His time. "Not my will, but thine be done." "I delight to do thy will, O my God." "Lord, I don't see how this will work out, but 'nevertheless, at thy Word,' I yield; I will do what you want."

     After this perfect capitulation, which even the weakest of us can do, His flawless way becomes our way. The perfect path He has planned for us becomes the path we are actually walking. As we continue living this perfect life, Christ can bear perfect fruit in us and through us and we can perfectly please His heart and honor His name.

     O my, that makes my imperfect heart perfectly joyful and perfectly eager today to let my perfect God "make my way perfect"! Will you join me in His perfect way and perfect joy?

Pursuing His perfect way,

Greg Hinnant
Greg Hinnant Ministries

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