I have observed so many people living their lives and how decisions are made based on their mind, will, desires, and understandings. I wrestle with this constantly also. Making decisions based on our own knowledge and wisdom sounds noble, but can be catastrophic. Why? We all have boundaries on our what we understand. We only have learned so much. We have only experienced so much. We have limits. Our will can also manipulate our mind into making decisions we think we are good, but our desires, deceive our mind, and the decisions are really about us, and can impact others with pain, grief, and sorrow.
When we trust the Lord’s ways, we enter in to a life of faith and dependence on the One who has no boundaries. God knows the past, present, and the future. The Lord also loves us and has a will for our life, if we will but trust Him daily. He knows what our heart and character need, to shore up our integrity, goodness, and holiness. He isn’t tricked by our fancy prayers, deals, or justifications.
This verse in Proverbs 3 says it all:
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. Proverbs 3:5,6
We are encouraged to Trust in the Lord. His ways, his word, his will. We are cautioned about leaning on our own understanding. Our intellect, our will, and our experiences, can threaten God ways in our lives we sweep Him aside, and trust in our own limited self.
Life is about so many decisions. Maybe today you have some heavy ones weighing on your mind and heart. Can I encourage you to take the wisdom of Proverbs and apply them to your situation? I mean, who wants a crooked life, and a rough path? Surrender your will, and desires, and trust the one who know all, and loves you completely.
I have never heard anyone confess they regret trusting God. I have heard regrets of the opposite countless times. Live without regrets, and trust the Lord. He will direct your paths.