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 which path to take. (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT)
In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we find ourselves striving to make quick, yet decisive, decisions about the direction of our lives and actions that define who we are. The scripture above encourages us to trust God with all our heart. This can only be accomplished if we truly believe that God is working for our best interest and prosperity. In other words, we must believe that God loves us, and His gift of Christ is His plan for humanity’s redemption and reconciliation with Himself. Confidence in Jesus as our Savior will allow us to also believe that God’s understanding and thoughts are superior to ours and must be factored into our final decision making. The implication is that our thoughts and understandings are only valid as they agree with those presented by God.
As I read several different translations or versions of this scripture, I found words directing the reader to seek, acknowledge, and understand the will of God for our lives. The word pause is defined as a suspension; interruption; temporary stop; break or rest. In the process of living and navigating life’s options, we must use the power of taking a pause from just doing and ask what God want us to be and do.
God’s Word conveys to Christ’s followers that He wants us to be like Jesus. He desires that our actions would emulate God’s will as Christ did. This may require us to suspend doing until we have direction from God, especially if we are not familiar with His will.
This means that as we interact with our spouse, family, friends, coworkers, acquaintances, or strangers, we must consider God’s thoughts and instructions regarding our conduct. The power of pause is in seeking to know and follow the path that we most believe will please God in all we do.
God has promised to direct us and show us the path that we should take. Trust that as we follow His advice and commands, we will be provided with the best strategy to be pleasing to God. Taking the time to pause can be a powerful tool in allowing God to guide you by His Spirit into His perfect will.