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 paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV).
With the recurring changes in the times we live in, it has become so difficult to take out time to sit down, reflect and ask crucial questions. Questions about existence, the essence of life, and what matters the most about living this life.
Even when most of us try to give thought to such questions, we immediately dismiss these thoughts, the reason being that, we are so caught up and preoccupied with immediate day-to-day mundane concerns.
unfortunately, whenever we miss out on opportunities where the Holy Spirit moves on our hearts to try to draw our attention to things that should matter the most about our existence in this life, a moment for which God wants to reveal deep truths and secrets to us and rather than paying attention we shove it aside, or sweep it under the carpet, we miss out big time.
So, the question the Lord is asking now is, what do we think matters the most to us? Such a profound question calls for equally deep reflections. However, in such situations, God does not leave us to tackle major issues like this without giving us some form of direction or guidance.
He always provides help or gives us a clue to the solution. We only need to look more closely and intently. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8 (KJV).
Therefore, if our intention here is to sincerely ask, seek and knock for the solution to the question of what would matter most in our lives, it is for people like us our Bible verse for today —– Proverbs 3:5-6, has been provided as the right tool to answer our questions and bring the solution we need.
We see in this Bible verse certain key points that open us up to the truth about what should matter the most in our lives. We will discuss them in the following paragraphs.
First, this Bible verse instructs us to set our trust in the Lord. Why should we do this? This is because it is only in the Lord lies our purposes, destinies, and callings. All the essence of our life’s existence is in the Lord. Without God, we can do nothing.
Therefore, it would be good for us to always have an acute knowledge of the fact that if we must trust and depend on anyone it must be God and Him only.
Secondly, we are told never to lean on our own understanding. One thing about us humans is that we always think we must have it all together. We always want to be in charge or in control. This is the sin nature playing out in us.
This nature always wants us to project ourselves above God, but the problem here is that we always fall flat on our faces, because we cannot achieve anything by our strength and ability outside of God.
Thirdly, we are told to always acknowledge God in everything we do. This means that we must put God first in all of our ventures. God must be seen to take the front seat of our lives. He must be allowed to drive our lives, stir and navigate our lives in the direction that pleases Him.
To allow God free reign over our lives, we must be willing to humble ourselves for Him to take control and be obedient to His commandments in His Word.
We must be ready to offer our lives to Him in worship as a living sacrifice. Just like Romans 12:1 enjoins us, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” (KJV).
Finally, we are made aware of God’s part in this whole matter, and what He brings to the table. That is when we decide to do our part. God in His sovereign wisdom unfailingly guides and directs our path. He takes us by the hand and leads us to our appointed haven. Please note that it is not our desired haven, but our appointed haven. This is because we may desire something that may not be in the perfect will of God for our lives.
Being in such a situation may not give us the complete blessings and satisfaction we ought to have. Rather, it could short circuit our blessings. However, if God brings us to our appointed haven, a place that has been ordained for our lives it will definitely be a place of Divine fulfillment, accomplishment, joy, and blessings— our wealthy place. HALLELUJAH!
When we give God all our trust and offer our lives to Him as a living sacrifice, in return He offers us His Divine best.
Ebimobo W. Obasi
PLEASE PRAY ALONG:
A Prayer To Trust God in All Circumstances.
FATHER GOD, You are worthy of all my trust. But sometimes, it can be difficult not to let the world distract me from trusting You. Please help me to trust You with all of my heart and mind, beyond my feelings, thoughts, and circumstances. In JESUS MIGHTY NAME AMEN.