Words From The Heart: Special Weekly Reflection #22
“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 (NIV)
Daily life demands trust. We don’t often think about it, but every time you cross a bridge, walking or driving, you are trusting that the structural engineer who designed it, and the construction crew that built it knew what they were doing. Every time you drive your car, you are trusting every other driver on the road, and the designer and builder of your car that it is going to start, keep running, and be safe.
In these days of pandemic, there is so many others we are asked to trust – medical professionals who give us daily updates, politicians who are making decisions that directly affect our lives, school officials who have the responsibility to keep our children and grandchildren safe. We sure put our trust in a lot of people every day.
When we don’t feel we can trust the people who are responsible for our health and safely, fear results. And there is a lot of fear in our world at the moment. Life seems so tenuous, unpredictable, abnormal. Is there anywhere we can look for peace in the midst of it all?
God had given King Solomon the gift of wisdom. He was able to look at the world and discern immutable principles. He wrote the book of Proverbs based on what he observed taking place in his world. In Proverbs 3:5-6 he recorded this truth: “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.”
Solomon saw the contrast between those who trusted in the Lord and those who didn’t. The lives of the faith-filled were filled with peace, purpose and direction. They made wise decisions that helped them to avoid all sorts of challenges and calamities. The idea of submission to the Lord goes against the selfish nature that marks human beings. In our sinfulness, we demand our own rights and clamour for personal freedom. We don’t have to look too long at our world at the moment to see the results of that attitude.
Submission to the Lord calls for us to lay down our own privilege and personal rights. We begin to understand that we must put others first. This idea is encapsulated in what Jesus taught about the law – it can be summed up in two ways – love the Lord with your whole body, mind and spirit, and love others as yourselves. Solomon noticed that those who submitted themselves to the Lord, and others, had a life that was so much more meaningful and purposeful. Trusting God, submitting our all to him, prevents fear from gripping our hearts and minds.
This is a foundational principle of the Kingdom of God. It is also a command with a promise. In this world, where trust can often be misplaced, you can trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. When you submit yourself to Him, He will direct your life and fear will have no chance to gain a foothold. You will walk in victory, peace and joy.
I’m Bob Beasley, and these have been words from the heart.