by PJ Salas
ʺTrust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and depart from evil." Proverbs 3:5-7.
Leaning on ourselves, and depending on human inclination is limited, at best. We do not have full comprehension. Sin blinds and stifles us, as does our inability to know all things. Likewise, our thought processes are deficient; and sound judgment frequently escapes us.
From childhood, we acquire wrong thinking and doing, particularly if our parents are not godly people trusting in Jesus. Our discerning abilities are inadequate, our reasoning powers faulty, and our perceptions are twisted and perverted; and this is blatantly obvious in our culture.
Because we live in a sinful world, we are sinful by nature. As a result, our characters are corrupt and degraded. We follow selfish desires, and in the best of human conditions, good behavior and right thinking fall short.
Who Can We Trust
Whom can we trust in a world full of suspicion and mistrust; where disregard for decency is pervasive?
There is One on whom we can rely, One in whom we can trust completely. The only One we can truly trust is God. He does not err in His ways, nor is His ability diminished. To the contrary, He knows all, and His understanding is all-encompassing.
The all-knowing God understands the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). Accordingly, His knowledge and comprehension far excel all the best minds of all times, put together. The most excellent of thoughts and behaviors come from God. Moreover, His instruction for life is what we need to make it in this world.
God knows the direction in which we should go in every situation and circumstance. He is just and honorable, and He is always right. He loves us! Our Creator wants what is best for us. He desires to help us, to bring good into our lives. Furthermore, He always has our best interest at heart.
Trust in God
God has given us the Bible to communicate ways most advantageous for living a good and moral life, a life of integrity, honor, and excellence.
God through His Word teaches us to have healthy minds and bodies. He leads us in forward thinking for upright living, and for making judicious decisions. Additionally, He guides us in the best kind of familial, community, and professional relationships.
Our tendency is to lean on our understanding, to follow our will, and to go our way. However, God instructs us to go His way, and to do His will. He tells us to follow His Word, and to do His commandments.
God understands what is in our best interest. He knows what truly benefits us; and He wants for us what is good and right.
Relying on Jesus
Jesus Christ is Lord, He is God, Savior, and Creator; and He is our re-Creator, restoring us in healthiness of body and mind. He is excellent in all His doings and understanding. (Genesis 1:26; John 1:1-10; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Colossians 1:13-17; Hebrews 1:8).
We need Jesus, and we need to trust in Him, in His will and ways; in what He says and instructs us to do. Depending on our own reasoning is not only a disadvantage, but it is detrimental, and dangerous.
Moreover, giving into ideas, thinking and desires contrary to God are harmful and destructive. Instead, in the name of Jesus, we must refuse the inclination to follow our own will.
Thus, relying on the Savior, trusting Him completely, calling on His name, and seeking His help are of utmost importance. In matters of lifestyle and reason, in circumstance and situations, and in resisting the deceptions of satan, trusting God is an absolute need.
In addition, refusing our own ways is essential in all matters of life. Looking to God, depending on Him, and His ability to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves, is vital. We need Jesus. We need to trust Him utterly and completely.
Trusting God All the Way
ʺTrust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; worship and revere the Lord, and depart from evil." Proverbs 3:5-7.