Tuesday, July 4, 2017


Trust in the Lord

with all your heart

and lean not on your own understanding; 

in all your ways acknowledge Him

and He will make your paths straight. 

Proverbs 3: 5, 6  NIV


Am I trusting in God to work everything out? 

This question is one which I ask myself often. Perhaps you do as well. 

When life was going well, I don't think that I thought as much about it. I realized the blessings were from God and thanked Him often. 

But now, with the unknown before me daily, as it has been for many years,  I tend to think about this verse often.  

In my prayers I let God know that I am trusting Him to work through my work and financial situation and my husband's. 

I frequently pray, "Dear Heavenly Father, direct us and show us where you'd like us to be and to the work You have in mind for us. You know our situation. Help us, Lord, so we can help others." 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. 

These are very powerful words which ask us to place our complete and whole hearted trust in the Lord God, our Heavenly Father. 

What about the phrase, "lean not on your own understanding?" 

Is our Heavenly Father, really asking us to trust Him so fully with our lives and our circumstances that we are not to try and puzzle through the problem?  

In asking us to focus on Him, I believe that God is asking us to look to Him for the solution. If instead we worry about the situation and try to seek out a reason for what happened we aren't keeping our trust in Him. 

If we aren't trusting God, then essentially, we are doubting that He is going to work things out and we let our impatience override our trust. 

It's hard to wait. 

It's hard to trust. 

Especially if a situation, or an illness, or problems persist for months and years.

Yet, we are not the only ones who have struggled with trust. 

The Bible recounts many life situations where fear and impatience override the trust which God has asked from His people. 

None of us knows from one day to the next what will happen in our lives. 

Even if we have a plan and a purpose. 

We will experience both good and bad in our lives, with our families, and with our friends, coworkers and associates. 

Take a look at the promise that we are given when we do choose to put our complete trust in the Lord. 

In all your ways acknowledge Him (God) and He will make your paths straight. 

Acknowledge God in all that we do and the promise is that no matter what mess we find ourselves in God will make the pathway straight. 

Notice that the verse doesn't give us a time frame. We aren't told that our lives will immediately change and that all that has gone wrong will disappear. 

What if the situation never changes?

What if our Heavenly Father helps us alter our attitude toward it?

Our path would certainly be "straightened out" then wouldn't it? 

Trust. One simple word which really sums it all up. 

Your turn: Have you experienced some trust issues with God during a particularly challenging time in your life? What did you do?  Feel free to leave a comment. 

Other By His Grace Posts of Interest: 

Wise Whys and Struggles

Identity Crisis

Mending the Broken... Heart

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