“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.”
– Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT
Line them all up . . . and I’ve made more mistakes than milestones. We all mess up. It may be out of ignorance, incompetence, inattention, indifference or inability . . . for whatever the reason . . . we all make mistakes.
All mistakes have consequences. We hope that we receive grace and mercy from men, yet we have the ability and availability to rest in the Grace-giver and Mercy-mover. Solomon gives us a simple and proactive formula for our stupidity and problems.
My Conviction. Too many times we trust in our own insightful whims, than in God’s inspirational wisdom. We need to trust ALL in Him with ALL our heart. It is complete conviction. The psalmist writes, “Commit everything you do to the lord. Trust Him, and He will help you.” (Ps 37:5 NLT). Depending on our own insights only leads to instability. The book of Proverbs reminds us, “Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.” (Prov 28:26 ESV)
My Consent. Another translation reads, “in all your ways, acknowledge Him . . .”. It’s recognizing that we have limited reasoning, response or resource on our own . . . He has and is all that we need. Our approach can often lead to anxiety, apathy or abandonment. Prayer becomes our confession of conceding to our Creator. Paul writes, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Phil 4:6 ESV)
My Confidence. Resting and relying on God’s complete and utter guidance grounds us in His grace. Paul reminds us, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” (Rom 8:28 NLT). Solomon tells us that “He will show you which path to take”. God’s direction becomes our delight and our deliverance.
Bottom line . . . we are all going to make some bad choices, stupid mistakes or have errors in judgement. Even in those dark and uncertain times, we have the conviction that He can be trusted, we consent to follow His direction, and we have confidence that he will guide.
So, to all those who mess-up every day . . . we have a Help and we have a Hope.