“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. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and depart from evil.” Proverbs 3:5-7
We may consider ourselves on perpetual training wheels when it comes to knowing the will of God and the direction we should go. While God’s will isn’t meant to be difficult to decipher, we make it difficult by over processing what we know to be true. It’s like the Gospel itself. It’s referred to as the “Good News”, yet we complicate it with our own baggage and presuppositions that it becomes “Fair to Partly Cloudy News”. Life isn’t meant to be a constant trial; it’s meant to be lived to the fullest. We can be our own worst enemy. In spite of warnings to the contrary, we worry, fret and over examine every challenge life brings our way, finally giving in to a variety of emotions that lead to negativism and doubt. Rather than being an overcomer, we have become overcome. At the root of our problem is the most basic of Biblical concepts: Faith.
“A man's heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
Martin Luther King, Jr. likened faith to “taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.” Going hand in hand with faith is trust. When we first gave our lives to Christ we were excited. We were joyful. We were grateful. The emotions that we experienced were positive and good. We have allowed the enemy to clutter our minds with nonessentials that have no eternal value.
Take the above verses to heart. Tune in to the Lord. Dial in to what He has to say to you each day. Seek His direction. Trust Him with every fiber of your being and don’t always try to figure things out, because frankly, sometimes things are unknowable. Many things in life require faith. Are you willing to rely on God to guide and direct you every day? Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!