“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.”
Even if you just encountered Jesus for the first time five minutes ago and have never picked up a bible I’m sure you’ve heard that verse. It’s quoted time and time again for graduates as they decide which college to attend or with a couple who is having marital problems or if you are deciding if you should change jobs. But this verse is so much deeper than a pat on the back while reminding us to trust God in a time of need. This verse is inviting us to a daily life of surrender to the Father.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart.”
Stop. Take a moment to think about that. Does every part of your heart trust God? In every area of your finances? In every area of your marriage? In every area of your job or your family? If your answer is no, rest assured. You are not alone. I rarely trust God with every ounce of my heart, but my great desire is to trust Him fully and completely. I want to look at my heart and say, “Here is my heart, Lord and look every part sees your trustworthiness and doesn’t question it.” Ouch. How many times do I question His trustworthiness? He has never proven otherwise, but my flesh wants what I want, when I want it and when I don’t get it I believe the lie that He isn’t worthy of my trust. I believe the lie that He is with holding from me and distrust starts to take root in my heart. If distrust is rooted in us how can full trust bloom in us? It’ can’t. It’s time we stop, step back, and hand our heart to the great gardener, Jesus. Let’s allow Him to uproot distrust and plant seeds of trust in us so we can trust Him with all our hearts.
“Do not depend on your own understanding.”
His ways are not our ways. This became crystal clear to me when I was going through the hardest season of my life. I thought I knew what was best for my life, but one day as I was praying, these words spilled out my heart, “You live and move outside of time, what I’m fighting for is on Your mind.” You see I thought that God should move in the exact way and at the exact time I thought was best but His ways are always better. He sees the beginning from the end and what seems like a defeat right now will always end in victory as long as you are trusting God. It’s easy to start taking back control of your life when you feel like God isn’t moving the way He should, but that is when it is so important to stop and go back to the beginning of this verse and remind yourself to trust God with all your heart.
“Seek His will in all you do”
We aren’t just called to seek His will when we know we are in a transitional season. We are to seek His will in all we do, in every area of our life. I personally have learned to be good at seeking His will when I have a big decision to make, but when I have a small decision I go right back to depending on my own understanding. I take my life back by force and don’t even stop to consider what God desires to do in and through me. Something I have found that helps me to slow down and seek His will in little areas of my life is to stop for a minute (literally) and acknowledge His presence in my life. I’ll ask Him how He wants to use me to show someone Jesus today. It could be little but it could also be life changing for that person. Why don’t you take a moment and ask Him right now how He wants to use you to bring Heaven to earth today.
Now that we’ve asked Jesus His will for our life in this moment, I want to assure you that He will make your paths straight. It’s a promise from our Father and He is a promise keeper. He can’t break a promise, it isn’t in His nature. (How reassuring!) He will show you where to go and what choices to make just by you trusting Him fully and seeking Him first in all you do. It’s simple but foundational. If you can get this, your walk with Jesus will grow exponentially.
Trust God. Don’t rely on what you think is best. Seek His will and He will lead you exactly where you need to be. He won’t lead you astray. He isn’t a cruel God. He won’t abandon you halfway to where you are going. He will be there with you through every curve, every detour, every hill, every valley, every night and every morning. He will be there guiding you, all you have to do is trust Him and allow Him to lead you.