1 Corinthians 10:12, Therefore, let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.
A strange verse to read on the morning of my 28th birthday, yet a good reminder on this day God finished creating me to trust in Him alone. Misplaced confidence in my strength will cause me to fall. Indeed, I know this from experience. I have a habit of trusting my own abilities more than God, growing anxious whenever I fall short. So, if there’s any wisdom I can pass on in this 28th year of my life—and it’s a simple wisdom—it is to trust God in all that you do rather than your own abilities. And I truly mean in all that you do. Whether it’s dating, your marriage, job, school, illness, whatever. I have yet to fail when I trust God, even when it doesn’t go as planned or expected. “The heart of a man plans his way, but YHWH determines his steps” (Proverbs 16:9, own Hebrew translation). I have found that even when I fail to trust God and I fall, He is merciful to bring me where He wants me—and then, only sometimes. Other times, He allows me to dwell in my failures and errors in order that I may learn to turn to His Word and trust Him again. Either way, my God is a faithful God, even when I am faithless (2 Timothy 2:13).