We are continuing to look at some of your favorite Bible verses that you’ve sent to me. If you have a favorite verse or a verse you’ve wondered about, email or send me a message!
Today we will look at Proverbs 3:5-6. We won’t look at the entire passage, as we’ve been doing, because one of the interesting things about Proverbs, is that every few verses serve as stand alone bits of wisdom. Here’s today’s passage:
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own insight.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
This was one of the first scriptures that I really ever memorized and it means a lot to a bunch of y’all, it’s the second most submitted passage of our “favorites.” When at I was at Co-Lin, I was part of a drama team that went to churches and performed skits. This passage was on the back of our shirts. It’s always been a passage that has been dear to my heart since then.
This passage tells us two great truths. Don’t trust your own wisdom and God will direct our paths.
It is easy for me to think that I know what is right and what I should do. I’ve got good sense (some days) and I can think through things. I know what I should do. I’ve got this, I can do it. I have it all figured out.
That way of thinking is normally the path to getting yourself in trouble. We think we know what to do, we think we understand what is best. We think we got it. But in truth, we are not as smart as think we are, we are not as strong as we think we are, and we don’t “got it.” We need wisdom from on high. We need to trust in God and His wisdom more than our own.
Have you prayed about your decision? And I don’t mean have you asked God to bless the choice that you’ve already made? Have you asked God to give you the wisdom you need to make the right choice?
Often, that’s what we do. We have our minds made up and then we ask God to bless it.
Instead of that, we should ask God what it is that we should do. And all Him to direct us.
Because that’s what happens when we lean not on our own understanding. God will direct our paths. He will direct us. He will show us. He will make our paths straight. But the path starts with truly asking for His wisdom. And leaning on that, not on our own.
Trust in Him. He will direct. And the path He places you on will be the path that you need to be on.
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