“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. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.” – Proverbs 3:5-7 New Living Translation
I love these verses from Proverbs. They remind me that God Promises His Presence, and His wisdom, as well as His guidance and direction, and that fills me with hope.
My part in this promise is to trust God. Trusting is not always easy, especially as we begin a new phase in our lives, like graduation, getting married, starting a new job. Trusting can also be difficult when our lives take an unexpected turn, illness, losing a job, or losing an important relationship. Remembering God’s faithfulness in the past, and His great love for us, makes trusting easier. God loved us so much Jesus died for us. Jesus promised, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”
As we trust the Lord with all our heart, we will be freed up to venture out and to take risks in life. If any of you have been rock climbing, you know what a belay line is – the belay line allows you to climb without the fear of falling. As long as the safety line holds, and the person holding the line does their job, you can take risks in climbing that you might not otherwise try.
Jesus will hold the belay line of our lives, if we allow Him to. We will be able to do some great adventuresome things with our lives because we know the One holding the belay line – the same One who holds the future as well. Does that mean we will always be successful…no, there is no guarantee we will always have “worldly success”. People and circumstances may let us down, but God will not let us down. He is the Friend who will be by our side no matter what and who will continue to love us unconditionally and will always prove faithful. When I seek His will, I am reminded I am not alone. God walks with me. When I am facing difficult choices or decisions, I can count on God’s wisdom.
As we pray and ask God for wisdom, and then trust God to guide us, God makes His will known; sometimes through His Scriptures, or through circumstances, or though other Christians, or through the still small voice of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. The Message Bible says it this way: “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure everything out 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 you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil!”
Not sure which way to go in your life? Are you facing a difficult decision? Ask God for His wisdom and trust God for direction.
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Grace and peace,