Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Trusting for a Straight Path

If you've been in the church very long, you've heard this bumper-sticker Scripture: "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 your paths straight." The next two verses, though usually not included, are equally helpful: "Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones" (Proverbs 3:5-8).

Why is trusting God so important? The answer is right there on the surface; it doesn't take a theology degree to uncover it. When you trust God, He makes your paths straight. When you trust Him and not yourself, you'll be healed, whole, refreshed.

I have plenty of life goals, plenty of things I aspire to be--many of them, I am firmly convinced, in line with God's desires for me. How can I come to these appointed goals if my path is not straight? And since I cannot see more than a few feet ahead of where I am walking, how will I know I am walking in a straight path, unless He guides and makes it so? How many hikers or sailors, unable to see their destination in the distance, have pressed on thinking they were headed due north, only to find themselves far off course?

And how can He guide me if I will not trust Him? How will the blind person navigate a road she has never traveled if someone with eyes is not showing her the way? She cannot hope to reach her destination at all without a guide. Her journey will be marked by injuries, missteps and detours if she does not trust Him.

4 comments:

Anna said...

This post was spot-on for me today. Thank you, Amy.

Mari said...

Trusting God is a new one for me...like within the last month and I can tell you my life is drastically different. My paths are getting straight and I am being healed...mind, will and emotions. Thank you for sharing this.

Carmine said...

Hi Amy,

I found your blog from facebook, and just wanted to say hi! I hate it when people read my blog and don't comment, so I've vowed to never be one of those people :) Keep those posts coming!

laurie said...

great to have you back in blogworld. :) thanks for the insightful post.