Making Decisions From Proverbs Chapter 3 (Part 3)
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
There are a few things that this verse of scripture reminds us as we read.
- “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart” Trust means confidence, heart means the center of total personality, especially with reference to intuition, feeling or emotion. So this verse tells us to have confidence in The Lord with the center of our personality, intuition, feelings and emotions. How?
- Personality – This is basically our character. We should devote our character to the Lord. If you’re outgoing, use this to witness. If you’re witty with comebacks, learn scripture so that you can learn to put the gainsayers to silence. Use your personality to compliment God’s kingdom.
- Intuition – This is basically our insight. We should NOT use insight to satisfy our own curiosity. Having intuition to give you insight to what you personally want to know isn’t necessarily putting God first. For instance, using your intuition to determine whether or not your friends are loyal to you isn’t profitable to God but it is to you only.
- Feelings & Emotions – These are your reactions and thoughts to an action. Feelings are invisible warning signs that something may or may not be okay. Too often we follow our feelings as a status check of our faith. Feelings give us an indication of how our faith is, salvation give us faith. Serving God isn’t dependent upon feelings. However, it makes it easier to serve Him when we feel good about it. Dedication of our feelings to God will keep us close to Him.
- “and lean not unto thine own understanding” The word lean means to rest, incline, bend or depend upon something for support. This text tells us to NOT depend upon what we think for support mentally or spiritually. All to often we will rest or depend upon what makes sense or what we can figure out in our minds! This can be leaning upon your own understanding. Doing this too much can make your faith weak and strengthen your dependance upon the flesh.
- “In all thy ways acknowledge him:” This can be summed up by looking at another scripture that says something similar. Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
- “and he shall direct thy paths.” This is the by-product of all the statements mentioned above. When we place total confidence in the Lord and not what we think, see and feel; we set ourselves up to receive the benefit of having our paths directed by God. Is your path merky or unclear? If so, how much time do you spend with God?
Spending time with God isn’t going to church, having a spiritual conversation or even doing a good deed. Its taking time on purpose to honor God and serve Him as we walk with Him. Spending alone time with the creator of the universe is an awesome thing but it can be interrupted when we display ignorance by trying to figure it all out without His guidance. It would be an awful thing if you helped people understand the bible but never had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Good decisions are made when we met with a wiser person than ourselves and spend time with them learning how they would handle a situation. Today, put time aside and ask God’s help and guidance in situations that you cannot understand and see how He directs your paths. In tomorrow’s devotional we will cover one last bit of good decision making. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.