By Jerry Ransom, shared November 3, 2013
Many times in my life when I try to accomplish things on my own, I’m reminded of Proverbs 3:5- and that it is God on whom I should be relying.
Proverbs 3:5-6 reads:
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding,
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
God doesn’t name the person we are to marry. He doesn’t tell us whether or not we should go to college or which college we should attend. God doesn’t email us: “I want you to be a preacher or missionary, or mechanic or nurse or housewife.” Sometimes life is complex with these decisions. However, in Psalm 32:8, God does promise, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go. I will guide you with mine eye.” What that means to me is that we need to be seeking God’s will in everything.
I think Proverbs 3:5-6, are two of the most instructive verses on God’s will. There are three steps to knowing His will in these verses.
The First, You Must “Trust in the Lord.”
The Second, You Must “Trust in the Lord, with all your heart.”
The Third, You must “Trust in the Lord, with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him.”
We must meet God’s conditions in order to know His will.
I have claimed these verses throughout this interim process. I think we need to be careful as we move forward in the search process that we are trusting in the Lord with all our hearts and not in our own understanding.
It is clear through scripture that God expects us to trust Him to guide us and not rely on our own human strength so that He can be glorified. Remember the story of Gideon and how God pared down his forces from 30,000 to 300 to face the Midianites so that the Israelites could not boast that their own strength saved them.
Does all this mean that we should not plan? Not at all. Proverbs 16:9 says, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes (directs) their steps.”
So as we make our plans we need to take God into our confidence. He will direct our steps surely and strongly in the way we should go. We can trust God that if we seek His will, he will bless us in our undertaking.