11 July 2014
Faith and trust in God is not always easy because it is counter-intuitive to how we are conditioned to think and operate in society. From an early age, we are taught in class to think for ourselves, solve problems, grow up and take responsibility for our choices. Planning ahead gets many people further sometimes than those who didn’t plan responsibly.
Yet, scripture says in Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
There will be certain things we can plan for and certain things we have to exercise common sense and understanding. But when things do not work out and are beyond our control, we can only relinquish the outcome to God. Also, whatever is contrary to godly living and dishonoring to God can never be a good decision – even if all else lines up or the consequences of choosing to be faithful may be disastrous. Despite the odds against us, this verse is asking us to submit to God and to trust in Him.
Lord Jesus, there will come a time when i will be challenged and conflicted and i may have to make a choice to trust in you rather than my own understanding. May i choose you then and have the courage to face uncertainty. May you replace my uncertainty with the certainty of your goodness and sovereignty.