We’ve probably heard them all a thousand times. Written them on index cards, saved them as our lock screen wallpaper, pinned them, Tweeted them, and posted them on Facebook.
What is “them?”
Bible verses. The ones we memorized as Sunday School Kids, highlighted in our first Bibles, and became deaf to because we’d heard them so many times.
That Powerful Verse became absolutely cliché. Trust in the Lord, yada yada. For God so loved the world, blah blah blah. I’ve heard it all so many times. And it becomes un-life-changing, un-impressive, non-radical.
And honestly – honestly, that’s a shame.
Because these verses are actually astounding. Why would they be quoted so many times if they weren’t?
But don’t take my word for it. Take God’s. Let’s read these verses and explore them together.
“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 straight your paths.”
I highlighted this verse in my Bible that my parents bought me when I was five years old. I’ve had it memorized as long as I can remember.
But somehow, at some point, it lost its meaning.
But it doesn’t need to anymore.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Don’t just trust in God when it’s easy, or just when you’ve hit rock bottom. Trust Him all the time, because He knows best. He wants what’s best for us, His children. His understanding surpasses ours by every stretch.
Trust is something we must use practically to fully understand.
When a loved one’s terminally ill. When our dreams die. When we struggle to make ends meet. When we’re backstabbed by people we thought we could trust. When life hurts so bad and we don’t have an answer. When we have so many open doors and don’t know which to choose.
We are to depend on God’s understanding as we trust in Him, and not ourselves. It’s much easier said than done. Trust is only something we can achieve when we lay our desires aside and open our hearts to God’s will. Tweet this
And the second verse? “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
In all your ways acknowledge Him. This is where so many of us trip up. We make our lives about us, and not God. We consult our friends and family when we make decisions, but not the Author of life and choices Himself.
This is where Christianity differs from all other religions. It’s not about rituals, or obligations, or good works.
Christianity is about having a relationship with God, and that is why this verse asks us to acknowledge Him. He loves us. He wants to show us the way. He wants us to trust Him, because He’s the only one who knows what’s best for us.
The second part of this verse is easily misconstrued. The ESV (English Standard Version) Bible – the one I use to reference Bible verses on my blog – says “He will make straight your paths.” But I don’t think that’s the best interpretation. I like the KJV (King James Version) better on this particular verse – it says, “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Things won’t necessarily be straight, just as life is seldom black-and-white. But in our trusting God, He will direct us through the twisted, mangled, scary, confusing thing called life.
And why? Because He loves us. And we can trust Him for everything.
I know, I know. It’s tempting to ignore everything I’ve just said because it just doesn’t seem real.
Where is God when we are suffering?
Where is God when no answer seems clear?
Where is God when death arrives without any explanation or consolation?
Where is God when you lose everything?
Friend, God is right there.
Even when you can’t see Him.
He wants you to trust Him even when it’s near impossible. He wants you to seek Him when it seems like nothing good can be sought.
He wants you to have faith in the path that He will show you, not because it’s straight, but because He will be with you.
So trust in Him.
Trust in Him with every ounce of your heart.
Seek His wisdom in every little issue.
Make your relationship with Him the reason that you involve Him in every decision.
And He will direct you.
Don’t forget the vastness and glory of this truth, friend.
You are not alone. He promises that to you. He promises that He is worthy of your trust, and He is.
Before you roll your eyes at this verse, one that’s been brushed off as over-quoted and cliché, please. Think about what it’s saying.
This verse says that you can trust God with everything you are, and He will guide you.
And you know what? You have nothing to lose.