Updated: Jan 4
Proverbs 3:5–6 (ESV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
I don’t know about you, but I find it incredibly difficult to trust people. I have been let down so many times by so many people. I struggle to trust, even when it comes to the Lord sometimes. I have always been the type of person that is always waiting for the shoe to drop, so to speak. Should we be like this with God? Has He ever truly let us down?
I have a fairly unique salvation story. I was saved and then less than a week later I found myself working at a Christian school as athletic director and physical education teacher. I was instantly given my “dream” job. I worked there for 4 or 5 years and then the school experienced some financial problems, as a result, my position was cut. I was devastated, I would be lying if I told you that I did not question God in these circumstances. The economy was terrible and I ended up accepting a job as assistant manager at a convenience store. I thought to myself, how does a guy with a business management degree and 5 classes away from my education degree end up managing a convenience store? I truly questioned the Lord’s plan. Long story short, along the way the Lord introduced me to some great people, one would end up becoming a sister in the Lord to me and a friendship I hold dear to this day, and the other would become a life-long friend, who would go on to offer me a job in marketing and I have been with that company for the past 10 years.
It is amazing to me that through the questioning, through the doubt, God has a plan and He sticks to it, no matter how much we beg for a different path. I am in a position that I love, surrounded by people I love, and that probably would not have been possible if I had chosen my own path.
I would love to say that I learned my lesson and I trust the Lord with my whole heart, but I still stumble sometimes. Although, I have grown greatly in that trust. I am just now getting to the point where when He says go and I go, and when He says stay, well, I stay.
We live in a complex world, and it is getting harder and harder to understand it. We all have to come to the point where we realize we cannot lean on our own understanding. I do not know the best direction in any given circumstance, but I have a Father that does. Praise Him and His wonderful plans for us.
Where is your path going today? Is it leading you to or away from sin? Is it guiding you toward or away from God’s will? If you are leaning on your own understanding today, turn to the Lord with the trust He deserves and let Him guide your way.
Romans 8:28 (NIV)
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
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