Trust, Acknowledgement, and Surrendered Guidance

Trust. Acknowledgement. Surrendered guidance. Tonight, God woke me up to share with me a lesson on my own life and encouragement for our lives as Christians.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”[1]

Such a simple verse that most of us have heard growing up in churches, or from our parents. Its a comforting verse but do we really know what it is saying?

First off it is saying trust in the Lord. Ok. With “all” your heart. That means that you don’t trust your emotions, you don’t trust anything over God. Jesus said in the New Testament that “if you don’t hate your mother and your father you can not be My disciple.”[2]That doesn’t mean to not “honor your father and mother” but that your love and trust in Jesus must be over everything.[3]  Next it says “lean not” on your own understanding. What does that mean? That means we can’t trust our feelings or our emotions, even our view of situations. We have to completely rely on God for answers to our questions.

This second verse I think is what really got me tonight though. In “all” your ways acknowledge Him. What does that look like to acknowledge Him in all our ways? I think what this is saying is that we know God is sovereign over all things. We know that He is working “for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.”[4]

So we have acknowledged Him. He is working despite our weaknesses and flaws, but then what? What do we do? Nothing. After we acknowledge that God is in control and we trust Him completely, “He makes our paths straight.”

I think this is something for so many years that I missed. I thought I trusted God, but I never trusted God with my whole heart. I completely tried to lean on my own understanding and my understanding “was foolishness.”[5] I acknowledged that God was there but I tried to change myself, when that was something I could never do. All the time God was asking me to give up my understanding of things, so that He could give me real understanding.

I feel like sometimes this is something I forget even as a Christian. I acknowledge that God is working, but instead of letting Him lead, I take over. When what I really ought to do is trust in His sovereignty, that I am already acknowledging!

I hope ya’ll have a blessed day,
Joseph.


[1]Proverbs 3:5-6
 
[2]Luke 14:26
 
[3]Ephesians 6:2
 
[4]Romans 8:28
 
[5] 1 Corinthians 1:18

 

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