SEPTEMBER 15

The Plotline of Life

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. PROVERBS 3:5-6

A few days after 9/11, one of my daughters and I met with a businessman and his daughter for an early-morning Bible study. It was always easier to get our kids into the Scriptures with the promise of a fresh doughnut or a breakfast with Dad.

We had been reading through the book of Proverbs, and on this particular day we looked at the passage that appears at the top of this page. As you can imagine, those words had a little extra octane as we repeated them so soon after the terrorist attacks. We began talking about what it means to trust in God with "all" our heart, to acknowledge Him in "all" our ways. During our discussion, my friend read aloud this interesting question from his Bible commentary: "Is Jesus Christ the One who gets the credits in the movie of your
life, or is He the plot?"

Times of tragedy and loss have a way of answering this question for us. If you have been basically doing things on your own while occasionally expressing a semi-sense of dependence on Him for your life and work and family, then you may not be prepared for suffering. But if you build a habit of daily acknowledging Him as your source and sustainer, you will feel welcome rushing to His side in an emergency.

"Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness," Jesus told His followers, "and all these things will be added to you" (Matthew 6:33)—peace in the midst of anxious moments, courage in the midst of fear, and contentment and joy in the midst of lack. These are the sweet rewards for those who have made Jesus Christ the plotline of their lives.

DISCUSS

How would you describe the plotline of your life? What is standing in the way of making Jesus Christ the plotline of your life?

PRAY

Thank God that He pursues you and responds with love, grace and forgiveness to your multiple failures.

Visit the FamilyLife® Website, or Own Your Own Copy of This Devotional