Trust, Lean, Submit
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
Many of us can recite Proverbs 3:5-6. At times we ourselves may have been going through difficulties and someone quoted this scripture verse back to us. Oftentimes we hear a scripture quoted so frequently that it becomes void of meaning and we just kind of listen to it with our mind on autopilot. Yet contained within this well-rehearsed Proverb are life lessons we may have either missed, forgotten or simply ignored. Today we will break it down into five manageable pieces that are packed with God-breathed power. 1) Trust in the Lord: Not ourselves, not our possessions, position or power. Trust in the only One who is safe and trustworthy. 2) With all your heart: A half-hearted attempt to trust is still taking a position of doubt. Engage all that you are and trust with reckless abandon. 3) Lean not on your own understanding: In this life you are never going to figure everything out. Life is complex, sometimes things just don’t make sense. That is Okay because God does! Lean into Him and His wisdom. 4) In all your ways submit to Him: All means all. You don’t get to hold anything back here. All includes your thoughts, time, family, money, church, talents; everything you have comes from the hand of the Lord. Submission is full surrender, not passive obedience. 5) And HE will make your paths straight: You cannot unbend the fork in the road. Your path can only be directed by the Maker of the path and the Lover of your soul. He will lead, guide, protect and provide because that is who He is: a loving Father who embraces His creation with an all-consuming love. Today may we willingly choose to step aside and let God lead!
Father God I confess that all too often I want to do things my way because somehow I think my way is better. Forgive me for that. Help me to firmly believe in Your reliability, Your truth, Your ability and Your strength. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.