Dear Precious Friends,
On this Thankful Thursday I am reminded from one of our favorite scriptures on Trusting in the Lord with all our hearts, and lean not on your own understand.. in all our ways acknowledge Him and He shall make your path straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Upon deeper study we find that verse 5 is a complementary pair of commands...
We are told, positively, to trust the Lord and, negatively, not to trust our own understanding. Those two things are mutually exclusive. In other words, if we trust in the Lord, we cannot also depend upon our own ability to understand everything God is doing.
First Corinthians 13:12 says, "For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known." We only see part of the picture God is painting. If we are to truly trust Him, we have to let go of our pride, our programs, and our plans. Even the best-laid human plans cannot begin to approach the magnificent sagacity of God’s plan. “For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom” (1 Corinthians 1:25).
Most of us have a desperate desire to understand, but in so many areas we must acknowledge that we cannot understand. We must approve of God’s ways, even when we can’t comprehend them. No matter what we are facing.. no matter what happens... we know God's word reminds us: Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us why we often don’t understand what God is doing: "'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,' declares the Lord. 'For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'"
God sees the whole picture, while we only see our tiny corner of it. To trust in the Lord with ALL our heart means we can’t place our own right to understand above His right to direct our lives the way He sees fit. When we insist on God always making sense to our finite minds, we are setting ourselves up for spiritual trouble.
WE ARE REMINDED "IN ALL OUR WAYS SUBMIT TO HIM/ACKNOWLEDGE HIM... AND THEN WHAT HAPPENS???HE MAKES OUR PATH STRAIGHT..
Our limited understanding can easily lead us astray. Proverbs 16:25 says, "There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death." When we choose to direct our lives according to what seems right to us, we often reap disaster (Judges 21:25). Every culture has tried to get God to approve of its definition of right and wrong, but God never changes and His standards never change (Numbers 23:19; James 1:17; Romans 11:29).We must make a decision whether to live our life according to personal preference or according to the unchanging Word of God.
We often will not understand how God is causing "all things to work together for good" (Romans 8:28), but when we trust Him with all our hearts, we know that He is.
WE ARE REMINDED THAT NOT ALL THINGS ARE GOOD.. BUT HE WORKS ALL THINGS TOGETHER FOR GOOD TO THOSE WHO LOVE HIM...
He will never fail us (Psalm 119:142; Philippians 2:13).
He reminds us " I am with you always". He spoke these words to His disciples after His resurrection... Our job.. to focus on His presence...
I really needed this today and I pray because God put this on my heart, it is a great reminder to all of us.
Have an amazing and thankful Thursday living for the one who gave us life, breath and all things. Let's make a difference and live the reflection of our trust in Him so others want what we have...there is joy in his presence.