“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Prov 3:5-6)
This proverb can change your life in how you make personal, family and ministry decisions. That is, if you trust that it is true and put it into practice!
Many of us today find ourselves at a loss of control in our life. We find ourselves living through an unprecedented world-wide pandemic and economic crisis. We see, hear and experience social, political and sexual tensions each and every day and it is hard!
Clearly this world is not as it is supposed to be!
Yet trusting in the Lord does not mean we transcend the pain and suffering. I suggest it is the pain and hardship we feel when offered to Him that gives it purpose. I heard one priest express it this way, “Every pain we endure with love, every cross borne with resignation, benefits every man, woman and child in the Mystical Body of Christ.”
I believe and trust that anything that is truly good and filled with eternal blessings happens in one’s life when they lean into the Lord trusting with all their heart that He knows best as we see in the first directive. Our walk with Jesus is a journey where more often than not we don’t know the route, the answers or the outcome. Yet as we come to Him acknowledging He is the One who knows what is best, waiting on Him to direct our steps the stress and burdens are made lighter.
The problem is, we often times put too much time and effort in trying to make things happen. When we put to much stock in our own wherewithal we can miss the blessings He wants to give. So what are we to do then?
We are to give our prayers of petition to Him, lamenting prayers whether for yourself, your family, the church or the community at large. Our prayers are the biblical means of engaging with the Lord about our suffering, pain, grief and lack of control we are currently experiencing.
Over the last several weeks our sermon series has focused on the fruit of the spirit and to practice trusting in the Lord with all your heart is a form of faithfulness. As Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” We need to hold on tightly during these dark times to our supernatural hope in God’s Sovereignty and much less in the false hopes we are witnessing in the world today. We as believers are to find our Trust and Hope in the Lord knowing in the end He will make our paths straight.
May the God of Hope fill you with every good spiritual benediction as we fight the good fight not leaning on our own understanding but acknowledging Him in all that we do so that our paths are made straight as we unite with Christ in His redemptive work while He grows us more into His likeness all for His honor and glory. Amen.