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Trust in God and He will Guide

I recall as a student, the one thing we all dreaded about the good-old 'long' summer holidays was (not actually one thing) - the reading lists and many take-home assignments. It's as we said, the fun (holiday) came with its consequences (assignments). When I was in high school, my friends and I would sort all the difficult assignments and subject areas, and we would bring them to summer school and ask questions about our difficult assignments. Our sneaky plans lasted only for a short time.

When help was no more forthcoming, we devised a new strategy; attempting the difficult assignments. We would then deliberate on the solution in the class, and if the summer school teacher responded somewhat positively, then we knew we were most likely on the right path. As kids, that sense of direction was so needed for those Science and Further Maths 'then, fun-draining' homework.

Proverbs 3:5-6 [NIV]

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;

6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.

This very popular verse teaches us in the most simple way, how we ought to relate to God and also how we can live in that sense of God's direction.

This is the way of Trust.
And the kind of trust that is complete - with all my heart.
The kind of trust that does not depend on my understanding. It actually means I don't have to make sense of everything to believe. Verse 5.
The kind of trust that will still submit to him in all my ways - even when I seemingly figure things out; yet to acknowledge God and not depend on my understanding. Verse 6.

When I have this child-like trust (yes, like a baby), then my paths are directed or ordered. We don't then need to worry about whether we are on track because the Lord will lovingly guide a heart that is set on Him - that trusts in Him.

We all need that sense of direction, that blessed assurance and certainty that we are on the right course. I sure do need it. So let us trust in the Lord. Study His word and trust and obey, pray and trust.

Father, I choose to trust in You with all my heart and never to depend on my understanding. I submit my will and I acknowledge you in all my ways - in what I think, say or do. And I thank you for your promise to always direct my path by Your Spirit, in Jesus name, Amen.

God bless you exceedingly.


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