I was doing some of my daily reading in Proverbs today and I came across a very familiar verse to many Christians. This one is actually a personal favorite of mine. And I want to talk about it today because I think it is an important part of Christian life that some people miss out on.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.Proverbs 3:5-6 NASB1995
Many Christians have heard this verse, but how many have actually followed it? Oftentimes I wonder how many Christians are asking the Lord for counsel. How often do you ask the Lord about a big decision in your life? The scripture says that we are to lean not on our own understanding, but rather we are to trust in the Lord. Most of us Christians don’t even think God can give us an answer to our questions about what we should do in a given situation. Or we just don’t care. Some of us, when we get the answer, chose to disobey because we don’t like it. But the truth of the matter is that God not only answers your questions, but He also has the best answer. God loves you and wants you to succeed in life. He wants you to have a relationship with Him and only Him. And to do that we need to learn how to let Him lead our lives and we need to learn how to obey. Because if we acknowledge Him, he will make our paths straight. It reminds me of a story in the Bible about David. His village has just been raided by enemy forces and the whole town is captured by them. When the fighting men come back to see this, they are distressed and even seek to kill David. David then goes to the priest to receive the Ephod, which can give you an answer from the Lord, and He asks the Lord a question.
Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelech, “Please bring me the ephod.” So Abiathar brought the ephod to David. David inquired of the Lord , saying, “Shall I pursue this band? Shall I overtake them?” And He said to him, “Pursue, for you will surely overtake them, and you will surely rescue all. ”1 Samuel 30:7-8 NASB1995
You see, before David made the decision to chase after these people and rescue the village he first had to talk to the Lord. David knew that if the Lord said that the victory was his, then he could go. But if the Lord said that the victory wasn’t his, then it would be pointless. We need to have that attitude with everything we do as well. Ask yourself this, ‘ Am I going to the Lord for guidance, or am I making my own decisions based on my own understanding?’