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
Trusting in the Lord with all our hearts is the opposite of doubting and ignoring God and his Word. It also involves surrendering our anxieties, worries and fears to him. Complete trust and reliance on God is vital to our relationship with him. After all, he has always proven to be trustworthy. As God’s children, we can be assured that our Heavenly Father loves us and will faithfully care for us, guide us in the right way, give us his undeserved favor and keep his promises. In the most difficult times of our lives, we can commit our plans and situations to the Lord and trust him to work things our for our best.
Our own understanding is limited, imperfect and can likely lead to error. For this reason, our thinking must be enlightened by God’s Word and led by the Holy Spirit. Rather than relying on our own reasons and judgments, we must pray for God’s wisdom and purposes to guide all our decisions and goals in life.
In all your plans, decisions and activities, make it your purpose to recognize and accept God’s authority and desire his leadership above anything else. If the aim of your life is to honor him and serve his purposes, you can be confident of his guidance. By submitting to God’s direction and approaching each new day as an opportunity to deepen your trust in God, you will discover and accomplish his highest purposes for your life. In the process, God will bring honor to himself through you. So rather than being anxious about anything look to God for help and direction “by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving” (Philippians 4:6). When you do this, God promises to make your paths straight. That is to say, he will lead you in the right direction, enabling you to overcome all obstacles and make the right choices to accomplish his perfect purpose for your life.
Today’s Bible Readings:
Deuteronomy 9-10, Luke 8:4-21, Psalm 69:19-36 and Proverbs 12:2-3