Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; Do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek His will in all you do, and he will show you the path to take.”  

Recently while on our way to breakfast, Logan (my oldest daughter) and I were behind a car with a Proverbs 3:5-6 sticker on the back. Like most 13 year olds, Logan had her phone handy, and she pulled the verse up on her phone and read the verses. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; Do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek His will in all you do, and he will show you the path to take.”  

Life throws situations and circumstances at us that we sometimes have a hard time wrapping our minds around, and at that time my family was in the midst of one of those times. I was constantly questioning God and trying to figure out why this event was happening to us.  I was searching for understanding and I found myself trying to make sense of this all on my own.

King Solomon’s words in Proverbs teach us differently…verse 5 says, ”Trust in the Lord with all your heart; Do not depend on your own understanding.”  Instead of focusing on trying to understand the why of our circumstances, we should focus on placing our full trust in God. We must be mindful of Him and realize that He is in control and at work in all the events of our life.  Verse 6 says, “Seek His will in all you do, and he will show you the path to take.”  God never asks us to figure it all out on our own.  He just asks us to trust Him and recognize Him in all areas of our lives.  And He promises to make our pathways straight. 

When we find ourselves in the midst of life’s struggles, instead of focusing on asking “Why is this happening?” or “How did we get here?” or “How could God allow this?” or “I don’t understand….. Why????”  We should be focusing on asking “how can God be glorified through this situation?”  Knowing He is always with us as we walk through them.  Because he is with us, we can go through life’s trials trusting God completely, even in uncertain times.

God doesn’t always rescue us when we want out of our life’s circumstance, but He is always with us as we walk through them. When we trust that His way is always best, we glorify Him and His plan for our lives. 

Prayer: God, even though life is full of changes, we find peace and comfort in knowing You are ever steady, everlasting, and always in total control.   Please help us focus more on You and less on ourselves. May we seek You and Your will for our lives in all situations. We thank You for Your steady presence and steadfast love. Amen. 

Kenneth Mims