September 22, 2007
Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:23-26
Thomas Edison had a unique way of finding the right engineers for his company. He'd give the applicants a light bulb and ask, "How much water will it hold?" The men usually split into two groups. The first group used gauges to measure all the angels of the bulb and then made their calculations. The second group filled the bulb with water and poured the contents into a measuring cup. Engineers who took measurements were thanked and sent packing. Those who took the second way were hired.
This is my round about way of asking if are you making life harder than it has to be. That's what the first group of engineers did. They are just like the people I see who are continuously trying to get their lives straightened out all by themselves. There is another way, a simpler way. That is to trust in the Lord Jesus for guidance and assistance. He makes life simpler as we realize we don't have to do everything ourselves. In other words, if you've got a problem. . .try God's way.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear God, I can't get my life straightened out without You. I am putting my trust in You for guidance and assistance. My flesh and my heart may fail, but You are the strength of my heart and my portion forever. In Your Name, Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries