The world can be a really confusing place.
Every day we’re confronted with a vast array of confusing decisions that will have a real effect on our lives and the lives of those around us. Do we become members at this church? Do we go to homeschool, private school, or public school? Should I get into a relationship with this girl? Should I take this job opportunity?
How can we know that we’re doing the right thing and are in God’s will?
Proverbs 3:5-6 makes it really simple.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart…
God is worthy of our wholehearted, unreserved, unquestioning trust. He will take care of us, and lead us, and guide us, and shepherd us. He won’t leave us to flounder in the muck of life. We can and must throw ourselves upon the Lord and trust that He’ll hold us.
…and do not lean on your own understanding.
We can either lean on our own understanding or God’s understanding. We lean on our own understanding when we trust our unstable feelings instead of God’s unshakable word. We lean on our own understanding when we trust our own opinions rather than the wise counsel of those around us. Our own understanding will collapse beneath us, causing us to fall off of God’s path. God’s understanding never crumbles.
In all your ways acknowledge him…
We’re called to acknowledge God in all our ways. Not just a few of our ways, or most of our ways, but all our ways. Our attitude must always be, “Your will, not mine Lord.” Every decision we make, from the job we take to the parenting style we choose, must be rooted in our commitment to serve and obey God.
…and he will make straight your paths.
Isn’t this a wonderful promise? If we trust in the Lord, do not lean on our own understanding, and acknowledge him in all our ways, God will make our path straight. Period. If we make decisions in humble dependence on God, he’ll lead us on straight paths. We don’t need to fear or worry, because God is committed to making our path straight.
As you walk through life, don’t panic when big decisions come your way. God is for you and wants to lead you on the straight path.
Note: Kevin DeYoung’s book Just Do Something, is a helpful book in regard to finding God’s will for your life.
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