” Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take” . Proverbs 3:5,6 NLT
Most of us believers do trust God for our lives in the long term. Yes we do profess to, and if asked whether we do, the response would be “yes, but of course!”.
Yet, when our trust is tested, we are often found to have only a partial trust in God. The rest is in ourselves, our abilities and capabilities, our human connections, our investments, and sometimes, our scheming.
This is especially true when we have to make some hard decisions, or we need to take a drastic course of action. It shows through when we need direction, and guidance. Most of us fall on supposed ” life coaches” who are still in the business of yet discovering themselves fully. We gulp down their words and wholeheartedly endorse them as the way to go. They can be our role models, yes. It is good to seek wise counsel, but it’s not wise to trust in human counsel more than in God who holds the future.
There are some who teach us to try and find solutions to some problems by ourselves. That’s leaning on our own understanding!
The question we need to ask ourselves is “what’s God’s intentions and purposes in all this?”
Our reading today demands that we do away with the little extras of our own; we *must trust only God – fully, absolutely, and with all our heart*. Not partially like we often do while we put calls through, and if we have what we think can serve us best in the circumstances, we tell our hearts to rest because problem is solved. Rather more like that rich fool in Luke 12:16-21.
He was depending on what he could do with what he had, to solve his problem. He left God out of his business. He was condemned not for having so much, but rather for not having a rich relationship with God. It can be inferred here that a rich relationship with God, then, is rated on how much we trust Him.
The implication of Prov 3: 5 & 6 is that if we are not trusting in the LORD with *all of our heart*, then we are definitely leaning on our own understanding of whatever is going on in our lives. We can head in the wrong direction, and this is possible and likely to happen in a time of disobedience and a lack of close fellowship with God.
If we’re contemplating getting into a relationship with someone, but lack an inner conviction even though we’ve sought the LORD about it, then we gotta hold on. It”s no use trying to convince oneself through one’s own persuasion. That’s leaning on your own understanding. Don’t let the external dictate to the heart. God will always speak to your heart.
Be influenced from within, not from without. It is better to act out of conviction from your heart, than to attempt to persuade your heart to agree with you.
It is some comfort to know that our wrong decisions can never override God’s will or destroy His overall plan. Nothing we do can disrupt God’s sovereign will, though we do suffer for our disobedience. That’s the unpleasant bit and bridle part!
He is capable of turning all things to fit His own purposes eventually.
” The LORD says,” l will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control ” (Ps 32: 8-9 NLT).
There have been many instances where l had reached the end of the road, only to discover that l took the wrong turn, and
all my plans had fallen out.
It is during such moments that l realize l have been disobedient, and only partially trusted in God.
I love to meditate on God’s word in Romans 8:38.
It is only available to those who love God, and are following His purpose. As we build a rich, loving, trusting relationship with God, and live in His purpose, He will work things out. Let Him handle it.