Perhaps you, like many others, have been filled with much uncertainty about what each new day may hold.
I was recently reminded of Proverbs 3:5-8, which says, “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. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.”
The writer, Solomon, demonstrates great wisdom as he first instructs us to “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” This flies in the face of a world which teaches us that we should trust ourselves and our feelings. We are often told, “listen to your heart” and “follow your heart.”
Scripture teaches us that our hearts are “deceitfully wicked above all things.” The last thing we need to do is listen to and trust our hearts. Solomon gives us a better way. Instead of ourselves, we must place, not some, but all of our trust in the Lord. When it comes to making decisions and living our life, let us not become arrogant and self-reliant, but trust the Lord to give us the wisdom and understading we need.
Are you fearful as to what tomorrow holds? In everything you do, “acknowledge him,” trust in him, follow him and then “he will direct your path.” What a wonderful promise! What more exceptional guidance could we hope for each day than to know that God is directing our path and guiding our steps? It often seems as if the world wants us to live in fear of the future, but in Christ, we can live in great confidence, knowing that he is in control.
Have you been on Facebook lately? Or any social media for that matter? It seems as if everyone is an expert in every field known to man. Seemingly every post is someone explaining their view on a particular topic and why they and they alone are right about that issue.
Here Solomon tells us, “Be not wise in thine own eyes. Fear the Lord and depart from evil.” Now more than ever, we need people who are committed to the word of God. To become wise in a particular task or field, one must be trained. For us to have God’s wisdom and not fall prey to the temptation to be wise in our own eyes, we must be reading the Bible, allowing the knowledge of God to guide us.
As we do, we learn the greatness of who God is and understand the honor and reverence or “fear” that he deserves. This study also benefits us in fighting against temptation thus helping us to be “departing from evil.” In times like these, may we become more diligent students of the word of God, for as Solomon tells us, “It shall be health to thy navel and marrow to thy bones.”
Kris Estep is the pastor at Barberville Baptist Church in Waynesville.