The American Way by Ben Gatton

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.

One of my favorite things about teaching social studies in high school was helping students see that history was far more than a collection of dates and facts. When you study a people group’s history, you begin to understand their psychology, culture, and motivations at a much deeper level. That’s because, more than we often realize, the history of our people and the events they experienced, ends up heavily influencing what we think and what we value.

American history is full of the fight for independence. We see it in the first settlers and Pilgrims breaking away from oppression in Europe in search of freedom, the Founding Fathers bravely fighting for our country’s own autonomy, pioneers pushing farther and farther west to forge a new life for their family, prospectors seeking financial independence through the dream of gold and silver, or titans of industry inventing new ways to accomplish our goals. We value the cowboy spirit, self-reliance,  and picking ourselves up by our own bootstraps.  It’s the American Way.

While there is nothing wrong with those values, and they certainly have their place in our lives, God is calling us into something deeper and more fulfilling. He is calling us out of independence into dependence on Him.

This is a very difficult struggle for me, and it might be for you as well. It is embarrassing to admit how long I will struggle to figure something out on my own before I think about praying and seeking God’s guidance.
The desire to lean on our own understanding is written deeply into our DNA. But God has so much more for us if we are willing to trust Him and submit to Him.

Are you ready to admit today that the Creator of the universe has a better handle on things than you do? How can you place your trust in God Today? How can you submit YOUR plans to Him?

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