When I first gave my life to Jesus, I discovered Proverbs 3:5-6, and I clung to those verses with such anticipation:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”
Those verses helped to remind me to trust Jesus, no matter what came my way.
A whole lot came my way that first year especially, and I continued to cling to that promise with such hope and anticipation.
Recently I have been dealing with a situation that keeps happening with one of my kids. He tends to doubt that I know where I’m going when I drive to a new place. Once we arrive, he can get very anxious and doesn’t want to get out of the car in case I made a mistake and arrived at the wrong house or building. He only finally relaxes when he can see with his own eyes that I didn’t make a mistake after all.
This happened again just the other day. As I became increasingly frustrated with him questioning me again, I suddenly realized how often I do the same thing with God.
I can become anxious and fearful that He is leading me in the wrong direction.
How often do we doubt that He knows what He’s doing, and we feel like He is making a mistake? (Even if we would never actually say that out loud.)
If you are going through a difficult season, this is a time to trust Him and not lean on your own understanding.
This is a time to rest in knowing He is a sovereign God who hasn’t forgotten about you.
You (and I) may not see where we’re going, but it’s our job to trust Him and go with Him wherever He leads us.
He’s not going to take us to the wrong house or show up at the wrong time.
He doesn’t make mistakes.
When we put our trust in Him (even when we don’t understand) and acknowledge Him every step of the way, He will make our paths straight.
This doesn’t mean we won’t go through trials; but it does mean that we can walk along uncertain and sometimes painful paths but find comfort in knowing He is with us every step of the way.