“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
How many times do you try and do something entirely on your own, only to end up failing to complete the task?
Or, have you ever tried to answer a specific question, only to realize you don’t actually have a decent answer?
Happens to me all the time.
So often I find myself going down a certain avenue, giving my best effort to whatever I find myself pursuing, trying and failing until I finally realize the reason for my failures – I am trying to accomplish these things without God.
There’s a reason why the Proverbs say, “lean not on your own understanding.” Our understanding, our knowledge of the situations and circumstances we find ourselves in, can in no way compare to God’s understanding and wisdom. He comprehends things that are far beyond our ability to fathom – it’s best just to trust Him with our situations and questions, relying on the fact that he will answer them in the best possible way.
It can be scary to drop what we’re doing, trading in rebellious independence for total dependence on God in every situation, but when we do, God promises to make our paths straight.
If we choose to acknowledge Him in every area of our lives, he will make sure to direct us down the right paths. If we aren’t listening to, or acknowledging his voice, how can we expect him to guide us?
Instead of sporadically jumping into situations, we need to quiet ourselves, listen for his guidance, and trust that He will ultimately lead us where we need to go. Even if the path is not one we would have chosen ourselves, we need to trust his judgment and wisdom – He understands things far better than we do, anyway.