Friday, March 11, 2011
Proverbs 3:5-6, What Does It Mean?
The Bible says in Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25 that "there is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” And again in Jeremiah 10:23 that “it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.” Man is incapable of making right decisions without the mind of God to guide him. Thus the Scripture says to “trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy path.” Proverbs 3:5-6 But it is a rare individual who asks for direction except in perhaps the most important matters. It is no wonder that in James 4:13-15 we are told to say "if the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that." We are admonished to include the Lord and what He wants for us in our plans. Perhaps the answer is found in God's counsel to Israel found in Haggai 1:2-7, "consider your ways..." The returnees of Judah had said, "The time is not come, the time that the LORD'S house should be built." Yet their crops were failing, they didn't have sufficient to eat and drink, they were cold and their money never seemed to cover their expenses. (Have you ever felt that way? Is He saying that to you?) So God said to them, "consider your ways." Our ways are not God's ways! God said, in Isaiah 55:8-9, "my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." The Scripture says, "in all thy ways:" acknowledge the Lord. It is then that you have the promise that He will direct your paths. Let us then consider our ways and not lean to our own understanding but rather trust in the Lord Jesus with all our heart and let Him call the shots for our lives.