“You hem me in behind and before, you lay your hand on me, such knowledge is too wonderful for me to attain.” - Psalm 139:5-6
Remember, you will never “arrive” until you arrive. The Bible is clear that down here we’ll never arrive. We simply keep fighting, becoming more like Christ with every “success” remembering that the only true success is the one that points to Him. Here’s how you do it.
“Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness” (Colossians 2:6-7)—“Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling for it is God that works in you to will and act according to his good purpose”—“Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.” (Lamentations 3:40)—He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.” (Peter 2:24)”But I’ll take the hand of those who don’t know the way, who can’t see where they are going. I’ll be a personal guide to them, directing them through unknown country. I’ll be right there showing them what roads to take, make sure they don’t fall in the ditch” (Isaiah 42:16, MSG)
There are times in our lives when training, gifting, and desire will not take us where we need to be as God’s men. Sometimes only some objective, brutal honesty will suffice. And while the foolish may “succeed” without acknowledging sin and faults, God’s man always knows he has, in the famous words of Yoda, “much to learn.”
Father, your knowledge, wisdom and power are awesome! Thank you for the protective shield you have provided me, Wow!