He Is Leading
From Psalm 16
Hope from Today's Reading:
"I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me." (Psalm 16:7 ESV)
I often live as if verses like this one say something else: "I bless the Lord, and He gives me counsel." But that isn't it. "I bless the Lord who gives me counsel." In other words, He isn't waiting for me to bless Him or "do the right thing" before He leads and counsels me.
Why make the distinction? Thinking we have to earn His attention translates into a life plagued by doubt. We'll wonder constantly whether we've done enough. (I know this because I've lived this, over and over.) The truth is, He's been leading us all along—long before we knew, cared about, or even came close to blessing Him (see Romans 5:8).
So we can trust for sure He is caring and counseling and leading us now.