Proverbs 3:5-6

Hyphenated Sins

 

Read:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”  Proverbs 3:5-6

 

Reflect:

At certain points in life we come face-to-face with the reality that we can’t do this journey on our own. Each of these moments can be a thing of beauty as we place everything at God’s feet, receive His peace, and hear God’s promise afresh. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and He shall direct your paths.”

Courageous trust is taking a radical stand against all self-pity. Outrageous trust is a full frontal attack on all the hyphenated sins of our day: self-indulgence, self-will, self-service, self-gratification, self-righteousness, and self-sufficiency.

Embracing this promise takes both trust and courage. The two are inseparable. Trust is the choice to believe that God loves us and is committed to guiding us according to His perfect will. Courage is the decision to then do what God reveals is best for us. It takes courage to stop leaning on our own understanding. Trust asks us to stop pursuing our dreams and goals, to stop depending on our own ability, and to follow God’s direction instead of our own.

Trust is another awakening of our spirit. One that empowers us to turn away from the world flesh and the devil, as well as turning away from ourselves. In doing so, there comes a turning toward God, where we realize He truly is at the center of everything.

Trust and courage are required if we are to say no to our predictable habits and limited understanding. Trust asks us to risk a journey into the unknown. We need to remind ourselves that we can safely choose, day by day, moment by moment, to trust God with all of our ways, because the promise is certain – He will direct our path.

 

Respond:

Father, as I stand on the edge of the unknown, I long to trust You. Enable me to lean the full weight of my life on Your ability to guide my steps.