“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6
I found this verse many years ago and it has often been a go to when life gets confusing and I can’t see clearly what is going on in front of me. Well the first verse anyway, verse 5. I have wanted to, in the past only use the first part, because well verse 6 seemed like too much of a commitment at times. Can I say that? That’s not a super spiritual thing to say that I have not always wanted to acknowledge him in all my ways. But it is truth.
There have been many times in my life that I didn’t necessarily want to go the way that I felt God wanted me to go. I wanted to do things my way. Only now looking back I can’t imagine why. But that’s perspective isn’t it? I have to remind myself that while I am trying to acknowledge Him and His direction on my life now and I can’t imagine living any other way, that I have not always been this way. This way I, hopefully will not come across judgmental to the people I know and love who are not living their life attempting to stay in step with Jesus.
We as humans sure do complicate things don’t we? This Proverb was given by Solomon to his son. Solomon had learned that acknowledging God, consulting Him when there were decisions to be made and seeking to follow His will and way for his life were a daily task and that if he did that then his life would stay on track. It’s simple really. But I think that we many times forget to include God in the mundane every day parts of life. We forget to ask Him if we should take that job offer or if we should do that thing that has been put in front of us. And sometimes we forget to ask Him about the big things of life, Like if we should date that person or marry that man. I can honestly say that in my younger years I didn’t consult God on many of those issues. Praise Jesus. He blessed me in spite of me many times. But I do wonder sometimes how much better my life could have been if I had learned this lesson younger. I am always so grateful when I hear younger people making the choice to pray about those big things. But I am really encouraged when I know someone who is asking Him about the mundane every day things of life!
“Self-sufficiency and self-dependence have been the ruin of mankind ever since the fall of Adam. The grand sin of the human race is their continual endeavor to live independently of God” ~ Adam Clarke
Ouch! This quote hit me hard. We, as humans tend to categorize sin don’t we. We look at the murderer, the adulterer and the child molester as the unredeemable sins. But Mr. Clarke says here the grand sin of the human race is simply living independently of God. It would solve a multitude of problems in society if people would simply learn how to love Jesus and ask Him what our next steps would be and stop trying to do this life without Him. So let’s, at least you and me, do that today, let’s trust God to our future and our big decisions but more than that, let’s do our part and trust Him with our mundane of today. And we will trust that He will make our path straight!