Trust & Obey
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy path.“ Proverbs 3:5-6
It’s been an interesting few weeks of reflection due to a request that I have been presented with.
Several friends of mine have asked me to write a message or just some little note to their high school graduate. I loved the idea and I immediately found myself wondering what philosophical thoughts I could muster or what words would make such a profound impact on their life that they would only make the best decisions from here on out. As soon as I quit laughing I thought back to my own graduation and questioned what words could have helped me? I remember all the “best wishes” or the “congratulations you did it” and even the “go for your dreams.”. All great words that are very true but I think I myself could have used more. I could have used a comment that gave me a direction and a thought that went passed the moment of graduation itself. I settled in with this scripture from Proverbs.
I felt like this gives such a beautiful foundation to live our lives by. When I say our lives I don’t just mean the high school or college graduate, I mean ALL of us. It asks and tells us several keys leading up to such a wonderful promise. The first verse is basically a “this or that.” We are given the choice to trust in the Lord with all our heart and instructed to lean not unto our own understanding. This part can itself be very difficult as our carnal mind will tell us that we can do or figure out anything solely on our own.
The next verse really seems to clarify though what that choice between those options means. When it reads acknowledge Him in all thy ways it’s almost a direct reference back to the previous verse telling us what we must do. We must trust in the Lord with all our heart and also to acknowledge Him in our ways. The beautiful promise I spoke of is what it ends on. He shall direct thy path.
I, like the rest of us, sometimes think I can do everything. At other times I feel helpless and that I can do nothing. This wonderful scripture simply tells me that if I trust and acknowledge Him in everything I will be shown the one true way. That way is His way.