“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
I am sure most of us have quoted this verse many times. We know that it is true and that it is the key to living a successful Christian life. But how often do we forget it when we are faced with trials or decisions in our lives.
The promise given in the last phrase of this verse is based on us doing three things. First, we are to trust with all our heart. That is easier said than done. When faced with a difficulty, we automatically try to work it out in our own way first. Sometimes we think we know what is best and we ask God to give us a specific answer. We forget that when we fully trust the Lord, He already knows the answer and is just waiting for us to fully trust Him to work all things for our good.
The second condition is that we should never lean on our own wisdom. Sometimes we look at a situation and see only the negative side of it, instead of looking at it from God’s perspective. He sees the whole picture, the future we cannot see, and He knows what is best for us. The Scripture tells us that if we lack wisdom, if we don’t know what to do, we can ask God and He will give us the wisdom we need.
The third thing this verse tells us is to acknowledge the Lord in all our ways. This speaks of taking everything to the Lord in prayer – the little things as well as the great ones. Of course, He knows our needs before we ask, but He wants us to express ourselves to Him, asking for His guidance. It is so important that we take time every day to communicate with Him in prayer and ask for His direction.
When we do these three things, then we have the Lord’s promise that He will direct our steps. There is peace about every situation when we just give it to the Lord and trust Him to work it out in His perfect way. His way is always the best way.
Prayer: Jesus, help us to trust you with all our heart, to seek wisdom from you and to let you direct us every day.
Devotion by Anne Johnston