Does GOD still guide his people today? We know He guided Abraham and Moses and most certainly the apostle Paul. Can we come to the LORD and ask him to give us the same guidance and direction for our lives today? The writer of Proverbs said it this way, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths,” (Proverbs 3:5-6). It was Jeremiah who wrote, I know, O LORD, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps,” (Jeremiah 10:23). When life and the decisions we face are left to us, we often make mistakes and get lost; but if we let the LORD direct us, then a whole new world opens up.
First step is admitting that we need GOD’s help. Being self-sufficient is a huge turn-off with GOD and gives him very little room to work in our lives. It is interesting on those occasions when we get lost, we will ask a total stranger for directions and trust they are instructing us to go in the right way. But GOD is not a stranger to us, and he is one who will always give us correct and honest wisdom for our lives. Or, maybe GOD is a stranger to us. If we have not developed a relationship with our Father through Jesus Christ, perhaps we do ask him because we do not know him.
Three important keys to remember from this passage in Proverbs. One, trust him with ALL your heart. Trusting in Him means obeying Him. Trusting also means believing in the wisdom He desires to give us. James reminds us that “a double-minded man will not receive anything from the LORD,” (James 1:8). Two, “lean not on your own understanding.” The Word is NOT suggesting that we stop using our brains. But as Andy Andrews once said, “If my best thinking has gotten me to where I am today, it is unlikely that same thinking will get me out of where I am today.” I need to lean on GOD’s wisdom and not my own thinking and experiences. Third, “In ALL your ways acknowledge him.” Do not withhold anything from the LORD. Trust Him with ALL your heart.