Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6, NKJV)
As we all have taken time to contemplate the atmosphere and social condition of the world we now live in, the question arises from within asking, “How should I conduct my life.” Sometimes we wonder, “Just how do I fit into the scheme of things and live a life of significance.” The scripture quoted above came to mind as I pondered where our world situation is going and what must I do to successfully navigate the challenges and events of our time.
I have come to the conclusion that my job in this life is to trust God with all my heart and mind. Somehow we have been convinced that worrying and surrendering our peace is how we need to confront life’s many encounters. But, Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us that we are to trust the Lord and not to depend on our own understanding. That does not mean that we don’t use our common sense, rather, that our common sense should be based on the knowledge obtained from God’s shared incites and expertise found in His Word. When I say “our job”, I mean our defined purpose, pursuit, and all-consuming activity in this life.
In order for me to trust God, I must seek a relationship with Him as specified and explained in His Word, the Bible. I must discover what He has directed me to do and then believe that He desires to direct me in a path that will produce the results promised. I have never found a scripture that instructs me to worry or be anxious but we have just read one that compels us to trust or believe in God. God promises to direct, guide, or show the path forward for your life.
In looking for God’s direction, I found the following instruction in Philippians 4:6-8: 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. 8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise (NLT)
If I accept as my job – the assignment given by God to trust Him with my whole heart and follow His directives – He has promised to give me guidance. As I look to His Word for His instructions and dare to adhere to the revealed guidelines, He promises to give me peace that exceeds anything I can understand.
What a wonderful relationship and fellowship we can have with God as we pursue our life’s job of trust and obedience to His Word. (Adrian)