Lose The Reins - Once-A-Day Devotional for Men

Lose The Reins

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

Psalm 32:8

One of the issues that seem to plague us men today is lack of direction. We encounter so many forks in the road that at times we become paralyzed with indecision. If only God would tell me exactly what to do! If only he would steer me in the right direction!

What we don’t realize is that all along God has been quietly teaching us and lovingly counseling us. The problem is, we don’t always hear him, and when we do hear, we don’t always obey. Getting direction from God is a matter of learning to seek him and trust him in the countless “insignificant” choices of our lives. When our hearts are in the right place, the bigger decisions will not be as difficult to make.

In Psalm 32:9, God goes on to tell us not to be like a horse that can only be guided by a bit and bridle. In directing a horse, the rider must pull on the reins, putting pressure through the bit on the horse’s sensitive mouth. It is only by having force applied that a horse will go in the direction the rider wants it to go.

It has been said that we need to give God the reins of our lives. But God doesn’t ask us to give him the reins. He only asks that we listen to his voice and follow him in trust.


God, let me hear your voice …

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Once-A-Day Devotional for Men
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