Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5–6 NIV)
How do you trust in God with all your heart? I think it’s choosing to believe that he has his best in mind for you at all times. Believing that even in the bleakest of circumstances, God can and will show up and bring good. Choosing not to allow fear to dictate how you feel, what you think about, or the actions you take. Staying rooted in the truth of God’s love for you and remembering all the ways he’s been faithful in your past.
Isaiah reminds us that God has declared that his ways and thoughts are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8–9). What we see or know might not be everything a situation involves, and we tend to think in ways the world has told us are true and absolute. But God doesn’t work within man’s constraints. He’s all powerful and all knowing, and he’s most likely working behind the scenes for something good we might not be able to imagine.
Submission is such a hard concept to grasp in our day and age. We’re told to stand up for ourselves, take what belongs to us, and not let anyone tell us what to do. Submission asks us to lay down our own desires and hand our dreams and plans to someone else. It involves choosing the path of humility. It’s important to be certain that who you submit to is completely trustworthy and will do what’s best for you.
Proverbs 3:5 reminds us that we can’t submit to someone we don’t completely trust. If we’re unsure about God’s love for us or about his desire to bless and provide good things for us, then, of course, we can’t in good conscience submit to him. It’s only in the experience of a faithful and loving relationship developed and proven over time that we can submit to God in complete confidence.
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