“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
In my car I have a navigation system that provides me direction. There are lot of times I have to go places that are new, places that I’ve never been before. The navigation system tells me exactly where to go and the best way to go. The way the navigation system works is that it sends signals all the way up to satellites orbiting in space. The view up there is much wider and clearer. Computers then calculate the best route and a course is plotted out that is sent back to the car for me to follow. There is one major factor with any navigation system....
Without trust, it is just information. It is useless if you don’t trust it enough to follow it. You have a navigation system telling you to turn this way or that way, but if you question it, and choose not to listen to it, it’s no help to you. If you think you know better, then there is no point in using it.
I hope this analogy is helpful for understanding today’s passage. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight” [Proverbs 3:5-6]. How often are we willing to trust a satellite navigation system, but question if God’s direction is best for us. When God asks us through His Word to take a path that is counter-intuitive to our normal path, often time, our first instinct is to question the course, and not trust the Lord. When our navigation system recommends a course correction it is because that is the best way to get to our destination. When God’s Word suggests a different course it is for the same reason. Changing our course is the best way to be in the will of God and arrive to our ultimate destination of becoming more like Christ. The psalmist declared, "Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path" [Psalm 119:105]. It takes a lot of FAITH and TRUST to take that exit. But God’s directions are always better than our own instincts. TRUST IN THE LORD TODAY! He sees the big picture!
Much love and care,
Greece Assembly of God
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