“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you what path to take.”
Ben Carson, an American presidential candidate, recently quoted this verse as being one of his favourite verses in the Bible. So great is this verse, that most assuredly, many agreed with his opinion.
The writer of this proverb, most probably King Solomon, knew that his own hope came from God and God alone. In 2 Chronicles 1:7-10 and 1 Kings 3:5-9, we read two similar stories whereby God appeared to Solomon and offered him anything he wanted as a result of his father, David’s obedience and close walk with God. Instead of asking for fame, wealth and long life, he simply asked for the wisdom, knowledge and discernment to lead God’s people. This proverb is a direct fruit of the gift God gave to Solomon, hence why it’s timeless and precious words are still an inspiration for many today.
Let us heed the words that are written in this wonderful proverb; that trust is not built in our own ability guide ourselves but in leaning on God for all we do. Our human understanding will never be enough to lead and guide our paths. We may feel like we are in control but in truth, it is only God who knows the plans for our lives. It can be easy to leave God out of the picture, but that lifestyle only leads to corruption and pain. May seek His will in all we do, from the small everyday things to the major decisions in our life. Trusting in God means that we completely rely in Him in all we do.
Trusting is not a passive attitude negating our responsibilities but rather bringing God to the fore-front of all our plans and decisions, before we do them, allowing Him to lead and guide us in them. It is only in complete submission to God that we see His will for our lives, fully lived out.