Proverbs 3:5-6 New International Version (NIV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Have you ever had to make a decision, but didn’t know what to do? As Christians, we have a reliable resource for counsel. When decision-making poses a threat to our serenity and peace, Proverbs 3:5-6 provides sound advice.
First, trust the Lord. Trusting God is fundamental to our relationship with God. And not just trusting, but doing so with everything within us.
The second bit of advice tells us to avoid the temptation to handle problems or decisions apart from God. Our thoughts and opinions are loaded with misleading personal biases. So King Solomon, author of this proverb, points us to full dependence on the wisdom of God’s Word rather than human reasoning. Finally, God provides the solution to decision-making with a promise – namely, if we take all our concerns to God, He will direct our paths.
When we’re tempted to act on our own wisdom, the Lord tells us to stop, reflect, and prayerfully consider each matter. He gives us uncomplicated advice for our major and not-so-major decisions. The question is, will we listen? That’s the most important decision of all.
– From 365 Encouraging Verses of the Bible, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission.
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