Trusting the Lord sounds good, and we as Christians know very well that we are supposed to trust Him. If we are going to keep it real, however, it can also be the hardest thing in the world to do! Have you ever had it happen to you where everything you planned just fell to shambles? Have you ever scratched your head and asked God, “What on earth are You doing up there? Uhhh, Lord, I know You see I’m in trouble. It’s been months. When do You think it will be a good time to step in?” This brings us to our key text coming out of Proverbs 3:5 –8 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 7 Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear the Lord, and depart from evil. 8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
The inspired Word of God tells us to not depend on our own understanding. In other words, life may not always play out as we logically think it should. When you’ve done everything right yet still fail to get that job you thought you needed so badly or you don’t get accepted into the college program you just knew you needed, God just has better plans. And while you wait for months “in the dark” — waiting on those better plans to come along — it can feel like a torturous hell if you don’t know how to wait. Even when it looks like nothing is going in your favor, you still give God the praise and glory He deserves by acknowledging Him in all your ways. The worst thing you can do for yourself is turn your back on God just because you don’t understand why things aren’t working out according to your understanding. Doing that would be running towards evil instead of departing from it.
I am a living testimony that this passage is indeed true, and I have followed my own prescription listed above. It is not always easy to still serve God when you are down and out, but if you do, He will honor you. When it seemed nothing was going in my favor, I still served the Lord diligently, and now the Lord is opening doors left and right for me, because I did not lean to my own understanding. I acknowledged the Lord in all my ways, and He is directing my paths towards opportunities superior to the ones I planned for myself. A lot of the times we think we know better when in actuality it is God who knows what is best for us in life. Heed my testimony, and follow this scripture. It really will be health to your navel and marrow to your bones.
Have a blessed day!
Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments, a book of poetry and short stories from the Christian perspective, available on Amazon.com in the fall of 2013. She is also the founder of Your Black Poets. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily Bible devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Twitter and Facebook.