Reading Proverbs 3:5-7, God spoke to me by reminding me of these words: “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. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.”
It led me to reflect on how important it is to see God as the King of my heart and the ruler of my life.
Have you ever been anxious about a particular relationship in your life, and imagined a dozen scenarios of how a conversation with them could go? Almost always, we immediately think of the worst, and later realise that these were blown out of proportion. This can be related to any aspect of our lives. If we worry, and choose to rely on our own understanding, we end up making assumptions that go far beyond what we actually know to be true. This type of thinking tricks us into believing that the control is in what we know, putting the trust in ourselves.
Instead of saying ‘Yes God, I believe you take care of my life, always,’ we actually turn the other way towards ‘I don’t fully trust that you have this under control, let me see if I can do a better job, you might have missed something.’ What we should be putting our trust in is that because we have such an almighty God, it means we actually don’t need to take control.
Relying on things that don’t put God at the centre - such as concerns and assumptions - places our trust in things that are loose and empty, without a foundation. However, if you choose to lean not on your own understanding (Prov 3:5), and submit to Him in every moment (3:6), the thoughts that dwell in your heart will become rooted in a truth that brings comfort, peace and security. The moment we make our own opinions and assumptions scarce, is the moment that we start to gain clarity. It lets God back into your life, and lets you trust in his plan.
When we place things in our Father’s hands and out of our control, we start putting Him at the centre of our lives, a place that should only belong to Him.
“Do not be wise in your own eyes” (3:7). Choose to see yourself as small. Let us start aligning our hearts in a way that sees our smallness as a sign of God’s greatness. That, although our strength is unsustainable, his strength is unwavering. In moments when it is easy to think that our own judgment and strength is enough, let us follow God in such a way that commits to choosing Him first, before we even consider ourselves.