Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Trust In The Lord...Really

Every so often God will take a verse that I've had memorized for years and allow me to glean new understanding. He has done that recently with Proverbs 3:5-6 which reads, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." This verse has comforted me so many times throughout my walk with the Lord but I praise Him as He is showing me new things from this familiar text. Allow me to share just a few things the Holy Spirit has been teaching and re-teaching me:
  • I'm finding that the problem is that my willingness to trust the Lord is so often contingent on my ability to understand (in the natural) what He is doing. If after I've crunched the numbers and completely analyzed a given situation, it just doesn't seem to make sense, I struggle to trust God completely. But God is teaching me to lean completely on His understanding, not my own. This is a huge revelation to me! One that I knew but now I know:) You see, God knows things and understands things that my human mind is unable to grasp:) So even though I can't logically make sense of a given situation I can trust Him with all my heart because He's trustworthy.
  • I'm to acknowledge Him in ALL my ways, not simply the ways that are most obvious or easiest to turn over to Him. This means I acknowledge the Lord in my family, my job, my ministry; in every aspect of my life!
  • The word says that as I trust in the Lord with all my heart and acknowledge God in all my ways, He will make my paths straight. A straight path is typically quicker and easier to travel then it's crooked counterpart. Often we struggle and labor in our journey with Christ because we fail to trust Him completely and acknowledge Him in all things and therefore, unknowingly at times, we choose the crooked path. Listen, the Israelites didn't have to meander in the desert four decades. Their path was crooked because they failed to trust the Lord and acknowledge Him in all ways.

I'll take the straight path for six, non-smoking please:) And could we have a seat by the window?

1 comment:

Mike said...

That's one of the hardest concepts to accept, yet one that gives us great hope, that he knows what is going on even when we may not see the clear path. Is one of the things I picked up on recently and am holding onto fervently. I accept whatever he brings my way, because what I want is not important.