Today’s Scripture: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. Proverbs 3:5-7

Would you trust yourself more than a doctor to help with your medical needs? One London accountant did. This 63-year-old man knew he needed to have bladder surgery, but he couldn’t overcome his fear of doctors and hospitals. He literally took the matter into his own hands and tried to operate on himself. Sadly, he developed an infection from his self-surgery and died from the procedure. The coroner who examined him said, “Unfortunately, [his] drastic remedy went wrong. A simple operation would have solved the problem.”

Instead of trying to solve his health problem on his own, the accountant should have tried trusting a doctor to help him. Christians need to learn the same lesson when it comes to dealing with their problems. Problems come in all shapes and sizes. God is big enough, strong enough, and wise enough to take on each of them — and better yet, He wants to do this. Sometimes, our biggest challenge is choosing between trusting ourselves and trusting Him.

I’ve been a Christian for many years now, and I’ve found that it is always better to trust God with everything than to trust ourselves with anything. When we do this, we won’t have any “accidents” like the accountant.

Maybe you have been going through a difficult time because people have learned about some of your personal weaknesses. Now you are embarrassed, and you wish there was a way you could fix the problem — but there isn’t. That’s okay — God never meant for you to try fixing the problem on your own in the first place. Take your hands off the situation and try trusting Him. He has a solution tailor-made for your need.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder