Daily Devotional Bible Verse
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 straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones.
(Proverbs 3:5-8 ESV)
*Part one in the DEPENDENCE series of devotionals*
I had a spinal fusion surgery recently. You see, I broke a vertebrae without knowing it some years ago, and owing to the nature of this injury, it lay undetected for six years. After the surgery, an unexpected thing happened; I wasn’t simply healed in my flesh, but God also sewed together a wound long lived in my spirit. Reflecting on my physical wounds, I realized some strong similarities with spiritual wounds and this experience became like a parable to me.
For years, I was physically broken in a way that I could not possibly fix on my own, and I didn’t even realize it. A state of brokenness is something that also can live on in our spiritual lives, going undetected for years. We are broken from sin, but often, we don’t even realize we need restoration. An x-ray finally allowed me to see that my state of physical brokeness was irreprable; in the same way, we are occasionally brought to a place of perspective and see that we cannot repair our broken spirit on our own. Unredeemed and without faith, we cannot please God (Hebrews 11:6). But even faith is a grace given us by the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:3) and not something we can attain ourselves.
The realization that we are irreprably broken can seem hopeless if we don’t understand grace and redemption. We struggle when we attempt to be our own “gods” and try for healing that we simply do not have the power to give ourselves, but it is glorious and wonderful when we realize that we don’t have to be be our own savior! I had struggled to be for so long to try and heal myself, both spiritually and physically, but through this experience of pain and surgery the Holy Spirit began to teach me the most valuable lesson of my life: dependence.
In this brief series, I will share how dependence helps us better understand: the Gospel, God’s love, humility and victory. The verse is the same all week, and each day different aspects of our relationship with God are explored. We hope you enjoy this personal journey of faith, healing & hope.