In Proverbs 3: 5-6, Solomon says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” Some versions, in the last line, say “and He will make your paths straight.” It may just be semantics, but to me the first version is more all-encompassing, says more, covers more, has more depth and breadth, about what God does if we’ll trust Him and surrender to Him in all our ways.
This is my verse. It expresses the essence of my understanding of what our relationship with God is all about. My experience has been that even when I really try, when I really work hard at seeking the Lord’s Face, and work hard at trying to do what God wants me to, I still have things happen that I didn’t expect; things that at the time seem hard; hard to live with, hard to understand, hard to reconcile with my understanding of who God is, and who I am in Him. But you know, our sight is so limited, we think ‘all my ways,’ is just what I expect, what I think God wants for my life, for my family, my ministry, my country, my church. Notice how minutely focused I am on my stuff? A little myopic, ya think? And maybe, once in a while, God has been thinking about somebody else. Maybe He’s been spending a little time thinking, dare I say it, about you. Heck, your life may require a little attention too. In fact, you may think your life is as complicated as I think mine is. It’s not all about me.
I just love this verse. This really is my verse. Maybe out of the whole Bible, this verse fits my situation best. I really need, in all my ways, to trust the Lord. Not just a little bit. I need to throw myself at His feet and beg Him to keep on taking care of me, like He’s been doing from the beginning. Every day I need to thank God for His overwhelming Mercy and ask Him to keep on giving it to me; and tell Him I’m trusting Him to keep on doing it, because otherwise, I’m sunk.