Week beginning: 3rd November, 2013

By Jon Hyde | London

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight"

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

Long before I became a lawyer, one of the first Bible devotionals that I was given had these two verses from Proverbs on the front cover. They've stuck with me ever since and take on fresh relevance when I read them as a lawyer.

As lawyers there is great pressure on our minds and intellects as we wrestle with thorny legal issues, and great prestige if our view is accepted and rated by our peers. There is also great self-reliance as we and our colleagues often feel the need to show that we have achieved our successes by ourselves and without relying on anyone else.

In the midst of this perhaps this week we can draw encouragement from this proverb. When we feel overwhelmed with the work in front of us or the politics around us, we can trust that God is willing and able to share His wisdom with us and show us the way through our difficulties. We are also reminded not to place complete reliance on our own thinking or on ourselves, but at all times and in all places to remember and praise our infinitely wise God who sustains us and from whom all true understanding, and true security, comes.

Prayer points:

1. Say sorry for the times you have relied on your own strength and intellect rather than God's wisdom.

2. Pray for renewed reliance on God in our work this week.