Today’s scripture, which is also our memory verse of the week, takes us into the Proverbs, and a very well known one. But there is context involved here, and not to be overlooked. The meaning is important, because as we’ll see, we like to conform the meaning to what we want it to be.
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. (NIV)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. (NKJV)
Place your trust in the Eternal; rely on Him completely;never depend upon your own ideas and inventions.Give Him the credit for everything you accomplish,and He will smooth out and straighten the road that lies ahead. (The Voice)
Trust God from the bottom of your heart;don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. (The Message)
This entire chapter speaks of kindness, truth, long life, peace, trust in God, honoring God with our material possessions, prosperity, security, happiness, blessedness. These two verses speak of simply allowing God to be God and to simply stop trying to think we understand how God thinks or how God will respond to our requests.
To many times, we think we hear God in certain ways because we want to believe that He is answering everything upon our immediate request. But belief isn’t about that. Faith isn’t about that. God’s timing isn’t ours, and His will certainly isn’t ours. If we could, we would make a God of compromise and tiers of good and bad. We’d assure ourselves of the power we had to control God. It’s not up to us and it’s never been…nor will it ever be. God is God and He is who He says He is. We cannot, nor should we try and change that.
Like a little child tries to trick their parents into getting what they want, we too try and trick God into giving us everything we ask for immediately and without any conditions, or repercussions. Our flesh, body, mind, and soul are weak, so we give in to the demands of others…even a little child.
God doesn’t work like that…and we should be ever so grateful for that! We need to let God be God and realize that His ways are the very best! Nothing we can say or do will change that…so we should stop in our thinking that we can. Need more of an example…how many years did the Israelites wander in the desert before God’s promises were fulfilled? God’s ways are not our ways, so don’t try and figure it out for yourself. God will guide you every step of the way…even if it takes 40 years.
Lord, Oh how I try to tell You what should be best for me. I think I know it all and in doing so, I stand with defiance and say I know better than You! You humble me quickly, but often that makes my defiance that much more harsh as I try even harder to tell You what to do. Forgive me Lord, as I don’t know best and I don’t know what Your plans truly are, but I know I can trust whatever those plans are, and that not always understanding, but having the faith and belief in You is all I need, for You will direct it all…and I shall follow. I pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.