“Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.” (3:5-7)
Proverbs is a treasure trove of excellent advice. It all starts here, though. It’s not picking and choosing what sounds nice or doable. It’s not thinking of someone else who should really be taking this advice. Right off the bat we have the challenge:
Am I going to lean on my own understanding and be wise in my own estimation?
Trust the LORD, fearing and obeying Him?
Carly touched on the fear of the LORD a bit yesterday. I want to reiterate some stuff because it is so foundational to life and Christian faith, although widely misunderstood.
One tangible application of fearing the LORD is asking yourself three questions when making a decision (i.e. Seeking wisdom):
- What am I afriad of? (Social rejection, financial loss, losing approval or disappointing someone, the unknown)
- What does the Bible say about this?
- Who am I giving power over my life? (Creator God or my fellow man, circumstance, etc?)
The fact of the matter is, we make most our decisions out of fear anyway. We are surrendering to someone’s power. Who will it be?
The Almighty Creator God who loves you, never changes and clearly communicates and has Ultimate power of Heaven, earth and your eternal soul?
Some bozo you want to impress at the moment? (Who may also be yourself)
It all starts with humility, adorning yourself with kindness and truth. How lovely.
Which little nugget of advice stuck out to you, today? There is so much to glean from Proverbs. Participation would be really fun here. Let’s do it together, in all hopes to become wise through Trust.