We have all encountered those times of life when we have wondered what action or what direction we should follow when life comes to a fork in the road. We stand at that point so often in life and wonder what we should do.
The will of God for Christians can seem so elusive for us at times. One of my favorite passages of Scripture that helps me through the process and serves as a daily guidepost for me is Proverbs 3:5-6. These verses tell us to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”
The secret is found in verse 6 when it says “He will direct”. Who is the He? He is the God of the Bible, the God who spoke the galaxies into existence, the God who has the hairs of our heads numbered, the God who sees the sparrow fall, and the God who holds the universe in His hands. I am convinced when it comes to the indecisive times of life we forget who the “He” is that wants to direct our paths.
As Christians, we need to make sure that we do trust the Lord with all our heart and try not to solve everything by our own reason but acknowledge Him as Lord and allow Him to guide us. We all want God to tell us what the next 30 years will look like and how everything is to unfold, but God does not work like that. If we knew it all, we would not be dependent on Him but instead try to continually fix things on our own.
We begin by trusting Him to direct our paths. You may be skeptical and wonder how this really works. For me, I trust Him and then I spend time in His word daily so that He can direct me. Psalm 119:105 tells us that “His Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” The image that this verse gives us is the idea of being a dark and treacherous path and having only a lamp to provide us light for the next step on the path. That truth transcends into our everyday experience of trusting God for our direction each and every day of our lives. As we trust and acknowledge Him and follow His Word, He will give us enough light to take the next step each day.
Life carries at times so much stress about the future and trying to determine the will of God for our lives. I pray that each of us will take the truth of these verses and allow God to be God in our daily lives so that we can move from being fearful and unsure about which direction to take and instead allow Him to direct our paths. Even if this means He only provides enough direction for one small step at a time.
These verses have reminded me this week that our God, the God of the Bible, can be trusted and that He always has our best in mind!