Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5&6
This is one of my favorite Proverbs because it reminds me that I serve a God who can be trusted completely. When we lean on God and His wisdom when we need to make good choices, His power when we feel so powerless, and His goodness when we feel as though nobody in our lives is good to us, it teaches us how to fully rest in Him.
God’s promises never fail and His provision is complete. If we need direction in life, we know God is faithful to guide us in the best direction. He wants to help us in our daily life and keep us from harm. We don’t know the future, but our Heavenly Father does, and wants to guide and bless our journey along the way.
While some may put confidence in physical strength, wealth, or friendships, children of God know that these things can disappear. Acknowledge His sovereignty, His wisdom, power and goodness, being careful to praise and glorify His name. In return, God will direct our steps. That is how we stay safe and happy in life.
We read the phrase “my son” in the book of Proverbs. It’s like the father offering wise advice to the son. There are uncertainties in the young son’s future, and the father just wants to save the son from learning lessons the hard way. Of course, the son is getting bad advice in his other ear from his worldly friends – so the dad is diligent about emphasizing the importance of making wise choices in life.
By yielding the decisions of life to God, the son is saved from heartache. He’s encouraged to trust in God with all his heart – and give God all his heart, not withholding any area of his life from the Lord.
It’s not okay to just forsake a few things that are unwise – make good choices across the board and please your God. He wants your whole heart. Be humble enough to understand that you are not wise enough to be your own guide. God cares about us and our welfare. He knows that life is challenging sometimes, but He can be trusted to guide us in the right direction and face every challenge that comes along. 🙂