“Trust in God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5 & 6
Trusting in people again can be hard when your trust has been broken. Trusting yourself can be most challenging when you have made many, many mistakes already. However, trusting God I find , when you don’t know Him, can be troublesome. In order to trust God you must have a personal relationship with Him just like the personal relationship you treasure with your :friends, family, children and your spouse. Trust doesn’t always come easy, but I am learning we must work at our relationships to continue to build upon them, resulting in stronger more trustworthy relationships.
But this scripture reminds us not to simply trust God with our minds, but also with our hearts. It appears when people make decisions in their lives they always mention the heart and how it feels , where it is led or how it was mishandled. No wonder the bible says where your treasure is, your heart is also, for when mankind invests their heart it can potentially be damaging if the treasures invested in are not good–in the long run.
This beautiful proverb I found myself repeating over and over to gain strength each and every time I wanted to step away from that trust that I had so tenderly built with God. The many times adversity was at my door and without knowing it I leaned on my own understanding rather then God’s understanding and sovereignty on the matter. As this scripture instructs us to do, I had to do to survive all these years which was–acknowledge Him in all my ways. If I was not sure about anything or had doubts, fears or emotional pain I would turn to Him, talk to Him and acknowledge Him. God loves it when we invite Him into the conversations we often have with ourselves. God loves for us to look to Him in hardship while using Him as our sounding board. God loves when you allow Holy Spirit to lead you even though you have no clue where you are going, but what you do know is Holy Spirit is aware of the words you find hard to describe or muster up when the pain is so deep. Deep calling to deep and love calling to the ones He loves.
The wondrous thing about my personal relationship with God is not only can I trust Him and talk to Him and lean on Him when I am lost, but according to this scripture it is He who will allow me to sit back while He works hard to make my paths straight. I marvel that the word paths is plural and I am reminded, as people, the many desires, directions and goals we often set out to achieve in our lifetime. I am reminded about the paths we choose for: work, friends, love interests, colleges, travel,social events and influences that we might brush paths with daily. The choices we make might be clouded if we don’t know who to trust or confide in. God says if you trust me, I will make all your paths straight. I will highlight who you can trust and I will lead you so that while trusting me, you will meet your highest and fullest potential.
Isn’t that beautiful? I’m not sure about you, but doesn’t that make you want to trust Him today? Don’t worry about how it will all work out–trust me– and just use that big, powerful, beautiful muscle called the heart, and direct its energy to invest in the One who can make it right–Jesus!