“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding.” –Proverbs 3:5-6
For some reason the other day, I decided to look at the cover page inside my Bible…I knew my parents had written the date alongside a note. The message they wrote was simple: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.
And it hit me.
So often, I want to take control. When things aren’t going as I had expected they would, I want to know why. I prefer driving to sitting shotgun, so to speak. Or when I feel like I don’t have any direction after I’ve been praying about something for a long time, it’s so tempting for me to take the reins.
But, as Christians, isn’t that when we run into trouble? How arrogant is it for us to get impatient with God and decide that the time for action is now?
As followers of Jesus, we have a responsibility to obey Him and “seek first the kingdom of God” (Matthew 6:33). After that, our job is to let go and leave the consequences to God. As I’ve experienced in my own life, it is at this point that we can “count it all joy when [we] fall into various trials” (James 1:3) because we know that God is working everything for our good (Romans 8:28).
Even if we’re not necessarily going through a trial, knowing that we’re obeying God fully (if, indeed, we are) allows us to rest in Him…we are commanded to trust Him with all our heart: not half, not most, but all.
Verse 6 is a continuation of this proverb: “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” God has been so faithful to show Himself over the last several weeks as I’ve diligently sought His guidance for decisions, and it has built up within me a love and trust in His plan- I’ve seen, in my life, that He usually shows me the next move one step at a time. Rarely does He give me the big picture. And this has been hard for me to become accustomed to since my natural bent is a desire to see the whole picture at once.
If we trust Him wholeheartedly, He will direct our paths- it is a promise! But, it requires that we trust Him with our whole heart. And believe me, I know this doesn’t always feel comfortable. It can feel like a free-fall. Yet, it’s a letting-go that is thrilling…you are exchanging your imperfect idea and plan for His perfect wisdom. We do have to release it to God, but it’s in the free fall that we find more security than we could ever hope to create for ourselves.