“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6.
The wisest man to ever live penned these words. In the book of Proverbs, King Solomon writes down words of wisdom for his sons, and all future generations of God-fearing men and women, to follow as they go through life. These sayings, written roughly one thousand years before the birth of Christ, stood the test of time and are just as applicable to our lives today.
Solomon was granted wisdom from God because he had a heart that sought after God. Solomon very readily understood that God is the source of all wisdom and knowledge in the world, and without Him we can do nothing. We must fully place all of our trust in the Lord. Trusting the Lord is not something we do simply to “hedge our bets” on moral living, it is something we must completely buy in to. If we are not going to give God our whole, entire, complete heart, then we might as well not give Him anything at all.
There will be times in which our own knowledge fails us. We are only limited and finite creatures. We have no understanding of what the future holds for us. There are situations in life that in which we will have no idea how to respond to, or what course of action to take. These are the moments in which our trust in the Lord is put into action; these moments are when we are allowed to witness our faith become sight. We may not be able to see God at work during the heat of the moment, but when we get past that trial, we will be able to look back and see how He worked everything out for us. We must trust God in the good times and in the bad, when the situations work out to our advantage and when they may cause us pain.
The easiest way for us to fall into sin and succumb to temptation is to take our eyes off God. When we fail to completely focus on God, we allow ourselves to be distracted by the trivial things of this world. Solomon’s advice on this is to think about God in everything we do. We are to think about God when we wake up, as we go through all our daily activities, when we are with our friends, when we are at work, when we come home, and when we go to sleep. He is to be on our minds at all times. If we think about God constantly throughout our days, we will not give sin a foothold by which it can enter our minds and lead us toward temptation. Sin can enter our thoughts through even the smallest of cracks, therefore we must make sure our minds are completely filled by the things of God. When we shift our minds to focus entirely on God, we will then readily hear His voice of guidance and direction for our lives, and He will direct us on the path upon which He wants us to go. But in order for us to receive His direction, we must focus our minds totally on Him.
Give God all your whole heart, mind, and trust, and He will not let you down. He will direct you, and He will sustain you, through all of life’s ups and downs.