Trusting God

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Summarizing the events of the past two weeks of my life is a task too big for words. Without going into excessive detail, I can only say that many of my best-laid plans for the future have recently been turned upside down, and this passage of Scripture is one I've found especially comforting as I learn that the excellence of God's wisdom far surpasses my own ability to understand it. Solomon's simple exhortation to "trust in the Lord with all thine heart" carries with it the implication that our own understanding tends to be faulty. After all, if God's plan always made sense to us, this reminder would be unnecessary. The fact is that just "as the heavens are higher than the earth" (Isa. 55:9), God's ways and thoughts are better than ours, and are very often incomprehensible to our finite minds. The beauty of this Proverb is that it not only contains a commandment to trust God, but the invaluable promise of Divine guidance to those who resolve to seek it. When we take our hands off the steering wheel and relinquish full control to the Lord, we can rest in the assurance that His thoughts toward us are always "thoughts of peace, and not of evil" (Jer. 29:11). His omniscience means He is already fully aware of what lies ahead. His omnipotence means He is able to work all things together for our good, and His goodness and love means He most certainly will (Rom. 8:28; 1 John 4:8; Mark 10:18).


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